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Mentorship (access required)

Mentorship — the process through which the established members of the bar transfer their knowledge, experience and professional mores to junior lawyers — is a revered tradition among Virginia lawyers. When U.S. Chief Justice John Marshall returned home to Richmond, ...

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VSB-Endorsed Insurance Hikes Rates (access required)

Virginia law firms that buy health insurance through the Virginia State Bar-endorsed program will see, on the average, a 6 percent increase in premiums, starting Oct. 1. But policyholders will have new choices for insurance, and many will receive new ...

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Internet As Mentor-Net (access required)

Many of the old watering holes for lawyers — such as the Mall restaurant in Norfolk or the Domino in Richmond — are gone now, leaving lawyers looking for new places to gather and talk shop. Not surprisingly, one “place” ...

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The MADD Letter To The Judges (access required)

Richmond Circuit Judge Walter W. Stout III was reading through his mail one day last summer when he came across a letter on Mothers Against Drunk Driving letterhead. “To all Virginia Circuit Court and General District Court Judges and all ...

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VaREAL Joins CRESPA Lawsuit (access required)

Accomac lawyer William E. Fears will have a new ally in his lawsuit seeking to have the Consumer Real Estate Settlement Protection Act declared unconstitutional. The Virginia Real Estate Attorneys League has joined the case as a plaintiff. Meanwhile, the ...

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VSB Panel Backs a Dues Hike to $250 (access required)

The Virginia State Bar’s Budget and Finance Committee is recommending that annual bar dues be raised to $250, effective next July. The dues hike — a 48 percent increase from the present rate of $169 a year — is necessary ...

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The Unauthorized Practice of Law (access required)

The principal function of the Virginia State Bar, as every lawyer probably knows, is lawyer discipline and the prosecution of lawyers who do not hew to the rules. But the VSB also has the task of policing people who try ...

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Three Firms to Create New P.I. "Megafirm" (access required)

Some of Virginia’s leading trial lawyers will begin a new megafirm partnership on Oct. 1 that will specialize in mass tort and sophisticated products liability litigation. The venture, which one of the organizers calls “new thinking for the millennium,” apparently ...

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