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VSB Council Approves Hike In Dues To $250 (access required)

NORFOLK — The Virginia State Bar Council has approved a raise in lawyers’ annual dues from $169 to $250 for active members, effective for the 2000-2001 budget year. The measure was approved overwhelmingly by voice vote after less than an ...

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Beating The Y2K Bug (access required)

How are techno-savvy lawyers preparing for the New Year, with the awareness that the Year 2000 bug could disable their computer systems? Virginia lawyers have some tricks up their sleeves, including: They are testing their systems for compliance, with programs ...

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Effort To Address Y2K Will Insure Coverage (access required)

The year 2000 comes and a lawyer’s computer system goes. A deadline is missed or some other time-related problem gives rise to a legal malpractice claim. The lawyer assumes, “At least I have malpractice insurance.” Right? The answer, and whether ...

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Back To School: One Way To Handle Multiculturalism (access required)

With more and more Spanish-speaking people appearing in court, judges in several different jurisdictions have tried one way to handling multiculturalism on a firsthand basis: They have taken Spanish lessons. Henrico’s general district judges, for example, brought a teacher in ...

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'Local Rules' Talk Begins Heating Up (access required)

Discreet debates about “local rules” have been going on all over the commonwealth in the past year. What local rules? ask the courts that rush to defend their local “practices and procedures” against a statute passed last year that questions ...

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Judge Merhige: A Mentor And A Model (access required)

In his career as a jurist, retired U.S. District Judge Robert R. Merhige Jr. tackled many hot-button controversies over three decades. From his court in Richmond, his decisions, backed by the Supreme Court, changed the country. This weekend, Merhige was ...

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Court-Appointed Lawyers Required To Get Training (access required)

Richmond-area lawyers who take court-appointed cases in federal court are being required to attend a training session Nov. 5 and 6 at the University of Richmond’s moot courtroom. Mandatory training has been conducted in the federal court’s Norfolk division for ...

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Volunteers Pitch In (access required)

Lawyers who volunteer for the Virginia Emergency Legal Services Programa joint effort by the young lawyers sections of the Virginia State Bar and the Virginia Bar Associationare used to a slow start after a crisis. People are in survival mode, ...

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The Aftermath of Hurricane Floyd (access required)

FRANKLIN — The Blackwater River has gone back to bed. It is back to being the sleepy tributary it was, before Sept. 16, Hurricane Floyd launched it on a destructive rampage that damaged or destroyed 150 homes and 186 businesses ...

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A Creek Overflowed (access required)

The “clients” for the Virginia Emergency Legal Services Program may be slow to come at first, but the day likely will come when they will need a lawyer. Ella Smith of Suffolk had dropped by Franklin’s disaster center at the ...

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