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Wise County Stays On The Cutting Edge (access required)

Wise County’s high-tech courtroom continues to break new ground, creating sometimes-unexpected opportunities for lawyers. On June 1, for example, the court is scheduled to host its first “multi-port” hearings. Lawyers, parties and the judge all will participate in a hearing ...

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Should VSB Discipline Be Public Sooner? (access required)

WILLIAMSBURG — The Virginia State Bar again is broaching the topic of being more forthcoming with the public about complaints against lawyers. This time, it was immediate Past President John A.C. Keith who brought the subject up, during the VSB’s ...

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VSB Acts Fast In Case Of Alleged $2M Embezzlement (access required)

Within four days of the arrest last month of a Virginia Beach lawyer suspected of embezzling an estimated $2 million, the Virginia State Bar was asking that his practice to be turned over to a receiver. The VSB’s disciplinary section ...

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'Webcasting' a Trial (access required)

A few years back, lawyers and judges faced the question of whether to allow cameras in the courtroom. Judges pondered whether they wanted their proceedings — including their own images and those of parties and lawyers — showing up on ...

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Mezzullo & McCandlish Breaks Up As Of Today (access required)

Louis A. Mezzullo is leaving the Richmond-based law firm of Mezzullo & McCandlish to start a three-lawyer practice that will focus on services to closely held businesses. Joining him in the new firm in Henrico County will be Mezzullo & ...

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Lawyer Referrals (access required)

Virginia’s longstanding prohibition on lawyer referral fees has gone out with the old Virginia Code of Professional Responsibility. A lawyer now can receive a referral fee so long as the client knows about and consents to the arrangement, the Virginia ...

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Report Criticizes Appointed Lawyers (access required)

A report scathing in its description of the way Virginia sentences people to death has been published by the American Civil Liberties Union. The report, “Unequal, Unfair and Irreversible: The Death Penalty in Virginia,” comes down particularly hard on the ...

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VSB To Shop Around Before Endorsing Insurance (access required)

A special Virginia State Bar insurance committee has recommended that the VSB shop around before it decides what lawyer malpractice insurance carrier will receive its endorsement in the next contract period, which begins next Jan. 1. The Special Committee on ...

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Other Carriers Must Give Info to Show Bias (access required)

Even though an insurance company is not defending a personal injury case, it can be subpoenaed to produce documents that reflect on the bias of an expert witness suspected of being a “hired gun,” a Fairfax circuit judge has ruled. ...

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Taking Stock Of Your Career (access required)

You’ve been practicing law awhile now, and, well, it just doesn’t seem to match what you thought you’d be doing at this time in your life. School was great — an intense intellectual challenge, and you were good at it. ...

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