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VSB seeks to moot the threat of pro bono (access required)

The Virginia General Assembly has demanded to know what lawyers are doing to help the poor, and the Virginia State Bar is working to provide an answer by the Dec. 1 deadline. But, so far, the VSB is working without ...

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VSB?s Trigon stock finally to be settled (access required)

Virginia State Bar leaders soon hope to resolve an accounting nightmare that has hung over the VSB for more than a year: Just how to handle all the Trigon stock the VSB received when the company went public in 1996. ...

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Virginia does well at the ABA meeting (access required)

The commonwealth of Virginia did very well at the American Bar Association meeting held in Toronto earlier this month, both in terms of gaining leadership positions and in winning national awards for public-service projects. As reported last week, Richmond lawyer ...

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Tighter requirements for capital counsel? (access required)

A workgroup studying representation in capital cases will recommend tightening the standards for qualifying defense lawyers in those cases. During a meeting Aug. 6 in Richmond, the workgroup of the Virginia State Crime Commission decided to recommend that the Public ...

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Retainer may compel client to arbitrate claim (access required)

A lawyer can require a client to agree to binding arbitration of legal malpractice claims in a retainer agreement, according to an updated Virginia State Bar Legal Ethics Opinion. Binding arbitration provisions as part of retainer agreements are ethical, the ...

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Trigon will sell lawyer liability insurance (access required)

Trigon, long one of Virginia’s dominant health insurance carriers, soon will be marketing a malpractice and business insurance package to Virginia lawyers. On Sept. 1, Trigon Administrators Inc. will begin marketing “Trigon’s Lawyers’ Edge,” a several-component package designed to meet ...

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Circuit judges satisfied with capital defense, survey says (access required)

Circuit Court judges believe that Virginia defense lawyers–both public defenders and private counsel–are doing a fine job representing defendants in capital cases, a survey by the State Crime Commission has revealed. Some judges who responded to the survey said they ...

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The Virginia Bar Exam (access required)

Late last month, hundreds of would-be lawyers poured through the portals of the Roanoke Civic Center, intent on accomplishing the one task that marks the beginning of their chosen career–passing the bar examination. Searching for analogies to describe the experience, ...

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?Business Casual?: Law firms loosen their ties (access required)

Many Virginia law firms are sporting a less buttoned-down look these days–at least one day a week. Even Hunton & Williams’ Richmond office has cautiously begun allowing lawyers to dress down on Fridays–if “the senior officer on deck,” as the ...

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Assembly seeks input on way to elect judges (access required)

The Virginia General Assembly wants to know what lawyers think about the way judges are elected in Virginia. In particular, legislators want to know if the public is given enough input in the judicial selection process. Several legislative proposals that ...

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