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Lawyers Playing One Carrier Against Other (access required)

Lawyers who have taken time to shop for legal malpractice insurance in the last couple of months are reporting that, with the entry of a new Virginia State Bar-endorsed carrier into the market, they are getting sweeter deals. Competition between ...

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How To Shop For Your Malpractice Coverage (access required)

Some lawyers may choose their legal malpractice carrier the way they practice law — seeking to file an application at the last minute, hoping to get an extension or figuring that they can argue their way into a waiver. A ...

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Norfolk Circuit Judges Seek To Move Cases Along (access required)

The judges of the Norfolk Circuit Court have issued new criminal procedures that they hope will pull the circuit out of the statistical basement, where the disposition of felony cases is concerned. The procedures will challenge attorneys — both prosecution ...

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Rule Against Passengers Doesn't Prevent Recovery (access required)

A wrongful death case in which a woman was killed in a crash while riding in a tractor-trailer driven by her boyfriend has been settled for a payout expected to reach almost $27 million. The settlement came after a Richmond ...

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General Assembly Reviews The Judges (access required)

Virginia judges who are up for reelection went to the General Assembly on Dec. 8 to be interviewed by the House and Senate Courts of Justice committees. The ritual for the most part is decidedly low-key. Legislators are provided with ...

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Fairfax Chief Judge Bach Will Retire Next July 1 (access required)

F. Bruce Bach, a Fairfax judge for almost 23 years and chief judge of the state’s largest circuit for seven, will retire on July 1. He will continue to sit as a substitute judge around the state, and do mediation ...

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A Preview of the 2001 General Assembly (access required)

Proposed legislation is starting to accumulate, as the Virginia General Assembly gears up to start its 2001 session on Jan. 10. As of early last week, 2,433 bills — most of them carry-overs from last year — awaited the legislators’ ...

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VSB May Seek To Hit New Lawyers For Dues (access required)

The Virginia State Bar’s budget committee, faced with the agency’s need for more money and hamstrung by a cap on bar dues, has turned to a previously untapped source of potential revenue: new lawyers. The Committee on Budget and Finance ...

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The VSB Ponders Options On Opening Discipline (access required)

Like wishes, wise monkeys and trouble, the choices facing the Virginia State Bar’s Task Force on Public Access to the Attorney Disciplinary Process come in threes. First, the bar can opt to keep the system the way it is, with ...

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Delegate Wants Discipline Open, Will Wait For Study (access required)

Del. Whittington W. Clement, D-Danville and a former president of the Virginia Bar Association, wants to introduce legislation to open up the attorney disciplinary process to earlier public disclosure. He is willing to hold off, however, and give the Virginia ...

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