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DiMuro Will Seek VSB's Top Spot For Third Time (access required)

Alexandria lawyer Bernard J. “Ben” DiMuro, who twice has run for Virginia State Bar president-elect, will try again. DiMuro is preparing to file a petition for a third run at the top job in the VSB: The president-elect automatically succeeds ...

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Promises made…and kept (access required)

Five years ago, then-Virginia State Bar President Mike Smith made a promise to critics of the state agency. The VSB would spend down its notoriously fat reserve, he vowed. Frou-frou would be cut from its programs. The agency would focus ...

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VBA Mulls An Office Management Program (access required)

Lawyers who were disappointed when the Virginia State Bar dropped plans for a Law Office Management Assistance Program (LOMAP) might have an alternative on the horizon. The Virginia Bar Association is looking into providing some sort of narrowly focused, low-key ...

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Prosecutors Needn't Give Police Reports (access required)

A Fairfax circuit judge has ruled that police reports held by a commonwealth’s attorney are not subject to disclosure under Virginia’s Freedom of Information Act. Judge Jane Marum Roush came to the conclusion after determining that the commonwealth’s attorney’s office ...

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Even More Lawyers Are Dawdling On CLE Hours (access required)

The Virginia State Bar this year will begin collecting a $50 noncompliance fee from lawyers who don’t get all their continuing legal education courses in by the June 30 deadline. Times must be good, though, because the number of lawyers ...

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Don't Waive Oral Argument, Don't Waste It On Procedure (access required)

Judge James W. Benton Jr. has been watching lawyers argue before the Court of Appeals for 15 years now. And if lawyers think their short cuts and lapses have gone unnoticed — they haven’t. Judge Benton has been watching. During ...

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High Fee Award Due To Delays In Discovery (access required)

U.S. District Judge Robert E. Payne has awarded more than $1.3 million in attorneys’ fees and costs to law firms that represented two professors who contended that Virginia State University’s president and others discriminated against them based on race and ...

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A New Way To Treat Juvenile Defendants (access required)

When kids get into trouble in Fauquier County, they sometimes have an alternative to facing the music in Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. With the agreement of all parties, they can sit down with their victims in a “Youth Accountability ...

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Circuits Elect Reps (access required)

Lawyers in all of the state’s judicial circuits have elected representatives to the Virginia State Bar Council, for three-year terms beginning July 1. Reelected at meetings in the following two circuits were: 8th Circuit: Sally James Andrews 28th Circuit: Mary ...

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Receiver Reviewing Allison's Files, Cases (access required)

The court-appointed receiver who is going through the files of Virginia Beach ex-lawyer C. Kent Allison has found “dribs and drabs” of money and a boat, but nothing approaching the $2 million Allison is accused of embezzling. Almost two weeks ...

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