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Judge Allows Use Of Audio Depositions (access required)

An audio recording of a deposition, recorded by counsel for one of the parties, may be played at trial, a Norfolk circuit judge has ruled. The lawyer who won the ruling says he plans to routinely use audio recordings in ...

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Judicial Council Considers Uniform Pay For Interpreters (access required)

Foreign-language interpreters in state courts may for the first time be subject to a statewide payment schedule, under proposed guidelines under consideration by the Judicial Council of Virginia. Until now, payments to the interpreters have varied across jurisdictions, ranging from ...

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Reciprocal Of America Declared Insolvent (access required)

Reciprocal of America, once a dominant hospital insurer and the reinsurance backbone of Virginia’s largest legal malpractice carrier, has been declared insolvent by the State Corporation Commission. The declaration on June 20 immediately triggered activation of state guaranty fund associations ...

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Dahnk: A Different Kind Of VSB Leader (access required)

It was a splendid day in Fredericksburg on May 19. Sunlight beckoned from the large windows of the Glover & Dahnk law firm on Princess Anne Street. “It’s a Hollywood day. It never looks like this,” said Jean P. “Jeannie” ...

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DiMuro Looks Back At His Year As VSB Head (access required)

When Alexandria lawyer Bernard J. DiMuro took the oath as Virginia State Bar president last year, one of his goals was to educate the nonlawyers in the General Assembly about judicial independence. A year before, that seemed an academic issue, ...

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Lawyers Disciplined For 'Let's Settle' Ads (access required)

Two lawyers with the Richmond-based personal injury firm Marks & Harrison violated the Virginia Rules of Professional Conduct when they signed off on several advertisements for the firm, a Virginia State Bar district disciplinary committee found last Tuesday. The offending ...

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ANLIR Is Ordered Into Liquidation (access required)

Lawyers who bought their legal malpractice insurance from American National Lawyers Insurance Reciprocal are receiving notices that the company has been ordered into liquidation. The Chancery Court of Davidson County, Tenn., on June 3 declared the company insolvent and ordered ...

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Numerous New Court Fees Going Into Effect (access required)

Lawyers and their clients will find themselves writing bigger checks to courts on July 1, when a slew of new or increased fees go into effect, mandated by the General Assembly. Court costs actually began increasing on May 1, when ...

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'A Failure To Cooperate' (access required)

Message to lawyers: The stakes for ignoring a Virginia State Bar investigation became higher in April. That’s when a Richmond lawyer who largely failed to respond to the VSB until the day of his Disciplinary Board hearing became the first ...

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Stillman Gets Most Backing For E.D. Seat (access required)

U.S. Magistrate Judge F. Bradford Stillman has been endorsed or recommended by four statewide bar groups to succeed U.S. District Judge Henry Coke Morgan Jr. in the Eastern District. Morgan has announced that he will take senior status next February. ...

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