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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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High Court Posts Rules For Mediators About UPL (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia has published guidelines to help mediators recognize the sometimes fine line between what they do and the unauthorized practice of law. The document, “Guidelines on Mediation & the Unauthorized Practice of Law,” is available on ...

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Virginia MDP panel begins work (access required)

Twenty Virginia lawyers have begun the task of deciding whether multidisciplinary practice could be achieved without forfeiting the core values of the legal profession. The Joint Commission on MDP, a project shared by the Virginia State Bar and Virginia Bar ...

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Court Reporters (access required)

One of the most important players in litigation and trials is the court reporter. In the reporter’s hands rests the precious record. How accurately he or she records it, how well he organizes it and how timely he delivers it ...

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Judge Drawn Into Fray Over Ad By Candidate (access required)

A campaign advertisement that identifies a Norfolk circuit judge as part of a “Law & Order Team” for the city has caused concern among criminal defense attorneys statewide. The furor followed the July 27 publication of a campaign ad for ...

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Lanier Is New VSB Clerk Of Discipline (access required)

Barbara Sayers Lanier has been named clerk of the Virginia State Bar’s disciplinary system. Lanier has directed the VSB’s Mandatory Continuing Legal Education program since its inception 14 years ago. She succeeds Patricia J. Rios, who was the first to ...

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Powell involved in fender-bender (access required)

A rear-ender on the Dulles Toll Road has pitted an Annapolis electrician against a former head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the electrician is wired about the outcome. On April 19, during evening rush hour, Retired Gen. Colin ...

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Mediation courses are now available all over (access required)

If you’re tempted to jump on the mediation bandwagon, you have more opportunities than ever. Mediation courses are mushrooming across the state. The University of Richmond’s School of Continuing Studies, for example, offers 15 choices in their catalogue of upcoming ...

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Chapter 11 Forestalls Noncompete Injunction (access required)

A Fredericksburg pediatrician temporarily enjoined to comply with a noncompete agreement has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The filing in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Alexandria had the immediate effect of staying the circuit-court injunction that barred Dr. Pamela M. ...

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Prosecutors: Continue Sentencing By The Jury (access required)

The Virginia Association of Commonwealth’s Attorneys has unanimously voted to continue its long-held opposition to elimination of jury sentencing. The association took the vote Aug. 5 during its annual meeting in Virginia Beach, in response to a recommendation by a ...

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