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Business (access required)

It’s a chilling scenario: You’ve got a big case. The other side makes a settlement offer by e-mail. You forward it on to your client, with a recommendation of how to proceed. She forwards it to her business associates; they ...

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1st-Offender Law Trumps Summary Suspension (access required)

A Norfolk attorney whose law license was summarily suspended after he pled guilty to trying to possess Ecstasy has won the license back, after challenging the legality of the suspension. F. Sullivan Callahan successfully argued that the Virginia State Bar’s ...

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VSB To Go Online With Disciplinary Info (access required)

The Virginia State Bar is preparing to unveil a new feature on its website: A searchable database that will allow the public to determine whether a lawyer has received public discipline. The expanded website also will enable clients, other counsel ...

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Candidates Spar Over Openness Of Discipline (access required)

William D. Cremins, a candidate for president-elect of the Virginia State Bar, has questioned whether there is a significant enough public outcry to justify changes in the lawyer-disciplinary process, making it open at an earlier stage. His opponent, Bernard J. ...

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Judges Under Scrutiny (access required)

A special Supreme Court of Virginia task force is preparing to recommend that the court conduct a pilot project to test a judicial performance evaluation system. If the pilot finds the system feasible, it could lead to the establishment of ...

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VSB To Ponder Death Penalty Moratorium (access required)

A former Virginia State Bar president has asked the VSB Council to support a moratorium on the death penalty, pending a study to determine whether capital punishment is administered fairly. The proposal is not slated to be debated until the ...

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Chesterfield judge sues clerk for libel (access required)

A Chesterfield County circuit judge has filed a $5.35 million libel suit against the county’s circuit court clerk, alleging that her efforts to prevent his reelection by the 2001 General Assembly defamed him. Judge Timothy J. Hauler claims that letters ...

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Politics drives some judicial elections (access required)

A ferocious political battle over a Norfolk traffic court judgeship erupted late in the General Assembly session, leading to threats of lawsuits against legislators, sanctions against an attorney and ethical charges against a judge. The controversy surrounded General District Judge ...

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