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VSB-Endorsed Health Plan Creates Cost Crisis (access required)

Faced with sudden astronomical increases in the cost of Virginia State Bar-endorsed health insurance, many Virginia lawyers are questioning whether they can continue to afford coverage. Changes in the plan, imposed this year by Trigon Blue Cross-Blue Shield, have resulted ...

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VSB Seeks To Define UPL In Settlements (access required)

The Virginia State Bar is trying yet again to define the unauthorized practice of law in real estate settlements. This time, the VSB’s UPL committee has proposed amending the Supreme Court rules to clarify how a lawyer may be called ...

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The New Public Defenders In Virginia's Eastern District (access required)

They’re the just-hired, first-ever federal public defender team in the Eastern District of Virginia, and lawyers who know them say they will be formidable advocates for the accused. But don’t call them a “Dream Team.” That appellation is too much ...

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How To Practice Criminal Law Alongside The New PDs (access required)

With fewer federal court-appointed cases being referred to the private bar, how does an as-yet unestablished lawyer position herself to partake of what’s left? Three members of the new public defender’s office for the Eastern District of Virginia offered their ...

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What Impact Will The P.D. Offices Have On The Bar? (access required)

Almost all parties in the criminal justice system hail the advent of a public defender in the Eastern District. But a nagging question has been hanging in the air: Just what impact will the new office have on the private ...

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Man's Family Settles Death Claim For $3M (access required)

The estate of a construction worker killed while he crossed an Alexandria street on his lunch break has settled his wrongful death claim for $3 million. But his survivors had to overcome a defense argument based on the exclusivity clause ...

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Law License Revoked For Violating CRESPA (access required)

A lawyer who failed to comply with Virginia’s Consumer Real Estate Settlement Protection Act has lost his law license as well as his registration as a settlement agent, under a case of first impression before the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary ...

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MCLE Deadline Likely To Change To Oct. 31 (access required)

For the majority of lawyers who work in their 12 hours of Mandatory Continuing Legal Education by June 30 each year: Get ready for a change. The Virginia State Bar is changing the deadline for the MCLE obligation. Subject to ...

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'Road Rage' Classes Are Prompting Questions (access required)

A pilot program in Arlington that diverts people identified as aggressive drivers to a behavioral modification class has defense lawyers asking a lot of questions. Arlington lawyer Peter M. Sissman articulated them — On what basis are motorists being labeled ...

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Court-Appointed Pay On Appeal To U.S. High Court (access required)

In a summer of momentum for those who question administration of the death penalty and quality of court-appointed lawyers, Richmond attorney Steven D. Benjamin has taken his challenge of Virginia’s court-appointed counsel pay to the U.S. Supreme Court. His argument, ...

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