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Bars draft plans to counter criticism of judges (access required)

Two statewide bar groups in Virginia independently have developed plans for responding to what they characterize as inaccurate or unfair attacks on the judicial system. One plan, developed by the Virginia State Bar’s Special Committee on Bench-Bar Relations, is still ...

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VSB: Volunteers no longer must handle investigations (access required)

The Virginia State Bar’s Committee on Lawyer Discipline (COLD) has rescinded a policy that required volunteers on district disciplinary committees to agree to investigate cases. COLD rescinded the policy June 3, after a challenge to the requirement by a member ...

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Focus on 'Professionalism' (access required)

CHARLOTTESVILLE–Edward B. Lowry’s office, housed in what used to be the Monticello Hotel, faces streetfront; from the sidewalk, you can see him working. The office is imposing, with two walls of windows, high ceilings and ornamental molding on the walls. ...

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Should the VSB disciplinary system be more open? (access required)

The Virginia State Bar’s disciplinary system, one of the most secretive in the United States, is beginning to hear rumblings from the public to open up. VSB President Edward B. Lowry predicts that bar leaders will consider the matter–a VSB ...

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Costs of CRESPA go up (access required)

Some of the lawyers who registered for two years as real state settlement agents under the Consumer Real Estate Settlement Protection Act are going to find re-registration rolling around faster than they expected. And the registration fee they must pay ...

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VSB again mulls who owns the client?s file (access required)

The much-debated question of who owns a client’s file in a legal case will be back on the table later this month, when the Virginia State Bar Council considers the final three proposed Model Rules for Professional Conduct. The council ...

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Helping a homeowner negotiate with a builder (access required)

Your client wants to build a house. He brings to you a 20 to 30-page standardized form contract developed by the building industry. D. Stan Barnhill has some advice for you: “If you look at that document and you give ...

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Pro bono opportunities spelled out at conference (access required)

Sometimes, with a pro bono client, a lawyer has to set some ground rules for the relationship. It’s a question of attitude adjustment, says Linda W. Harris, a Virginia Beach lawyer who volunteers time from her general practice to help ...

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Martin sees movement on regional cooperation (access required)

NORFOLK–The outgoing president of the Norfolk & Portsmouth Bar Association noted signs of progress toward regional cooperation in the Hampton Roads area as he handed the gavel over to the first woman to serve in that position in the approximately ...

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The VSB wrestles with pro bono (access required)

Pro bono work is routine for Robert B. Altizer, immediate past president of the Virginia State Bar. Right alongside paying clients, people who have no money to pay a lawyer regularly walk into his firm’s office in Tazewell. He takes ...

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