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The Family Court Idea May Return, Scaled Down (access required)

The Family Court system — a concept that received legislative approval in the mid-1990s, until it died for want of funding — might get another chance. Del. Johnny S. Joannou, D-Portsmouth, is heading up a legislative subcommittee that is looking ...

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Branch Offices (access required)

Branch law offices aren’t just for big firms anymore. Lawyers in Southwest Virginia already know that. There, a low population spread over many miles often requires lawyers to rotate between two or more offices to keep a practice viable. The ...

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Judicial Evaluation Scheme Under Development (access required)

A new Supreme Court of Virginia task force has begun the work of developing a plan for evaluating the performance of incumbent judges who are up for reelection. At face value, judicial performance evaluations can be seen as a straightforward ...

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VSB Can't Force DOC To Bring Inmates (access required)

The Virginia Department of Corrections no longer will transport inmates to Virginia State Bar offices in Richmond for lawyer disciplinary hearings. That decision, and a court hearing challenging it, may test whether the Rules of the Supreme Court of Virginia ...

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New VSB Panel Will Fight Online Posting (access required)

A task force on technology that grew out of the Virginia State Bar’s family law section has been granted status as a standing committee and has been given permission to join with voluntary bar associations in a lobbying effort. Its ...

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Local government lawyers walk the line (access required)

CHARLOTTESVILLE — Local government lawyers and tightrope walkers have something in common, apparently. While city and county attorneys in Virginia seem to be clear about who their client is, other folks including government employees and elected officials sometimes get the ...

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Three Insurance Carriers Are Seeking VSB's Nod (access required)

Three legal malpractice insurance carriers remain in the running for the Virginia State Bar endorsement. Meanwhile, the VSB’s Lawyer Malpractice Insurance Committee has drafted rules aimed at reducing conflicts of interest involving the current insurer — the American National Lawyers ...

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E.D. Sets Rules For ADR Use (access required)

The federal courts in Virginia’s Eastern District now have a framework in place to resolve cases by alternative dispute resolution. The federal Alternative Dispute Resolution Act of 1998 required all federal district courts to authorize and encourage the use of ...

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Premiums For VSB-Backed Health Plan To Increase (access required)

Health insurance premiums for lawyers who buy Trigon or Health-keepers coverage through the Virginia State Bar Medical Plan will increase by an average of 22.3 percent statewide when the plan renews Oct. 1. Particularly hard-hit will be subscribers in the ...

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Opening Up VSB Discipline (access required)

Under the watchful eyes of three members of the General Assembly and two newsmen, a Virginia State Bar task force has taken up the question of whether lawyer discipline should be more public. The Task Force on Public Access to ...

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