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Divorce Lawyers Ponder Use of Mediation (access required)

In the wide-open world of mediation where, it seems, almost anything goes, how are divorce lawyers, who have embraced mediation more than any other legal specialty, using the process? Lawyers shared their experiences, as well as their concerns about mediation, ...

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Disbarred Lawyers Won't Have To Retake Bar Exam (access required)

The Virginia State Bar Council has considered and tabled a controversial proposal to require disbarred lawyers seeking reinstatement to take the bar examination again. At its meeting last month in Virginia Beach, the council entertained a proposal from the Committee ...

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Electronic Filing Rules Proposed (access required)

The Judicial Council is floating a proposal that would set ground rules statewide for the electronic filing of cases. The proposed rule is designed to be broad enough so that courts can get started on pilot electronic filing projects without ...

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Report Gives Trove of Info on Courts (access required)

The next time someone starts in on our litigious society, here’s a statistic to cite: The number of civil cases filed in Virginia’s circuit courts has declined in four of the past 10 years. According to the most recent data, ...

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Charlottesville's Gulotta Get Legal Aid Award (access required)

VIRGINIA BEACH — Alex R. Gulotta, director of the Charlottesville-Albemarle Legal Aid Society, received the 1999 Virginia Legal Aid Award at the Virginia State Bar’s Annual Meeting June 18. In accepting the award, Gulotta called on his colleagues to battle ...

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Company's ADR Program Not Retroactive (access required)

An employee’s agreement to resolve employment-related disputes through an employer’s “dispute resolution program” cannot be construed to cover claims that predated the employee’s most recent contract, a Richmond federal judge has ruled. In the contract, a master electrician agreed to ...

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Changing of the Guard (access required)

Few people have come to the Virginia State Bar presidency as prepared as W. Scott Street III. He has been a solo practitioner, a small-firm lawyer and an in-house counsel. In 1980, when he joined his current firm, Williams, Mullen, ...

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