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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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Annunziata is recognized for work in human rights (access required)

Virginia Court of Appeals Judge Rosemarie Annunziata has received a human rights award from the Fairfax County Human Rights Commission. Annunziata was recognized for contributing to the administration of justice in Fairfax and statewide, and for contributing to programs that ...

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Paralegal can relay info about settlement (access required)

A paralegal can explain a lawyer’s evaluation of a case and recommended course of action during settlement negotiations, the Virginia State Bar has opined in a revised draft of an Unauthorized Practice of Law Opinion. As long as the non-lawyer ...

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?Slaw Review? rolls on (access required)

Slowly, slowly, the Virginia map on the bulletin board at Virginia Lawyers Weekly is being decorated with little flags bearing the names of must-visit barbecue restaurants, submitted by our readers. However, we have not reached the goal of never being ...

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Dealing with Pro Se Opponents (access required)

When Kathleen O’Brien was asked about her pro se opponents, she shuddered audibly. Early this year, O’Brien, who practices in McLean, closed out what she called “the longest-running pro se case in history.” She had represented the wife in a ...

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Tips for handling a pro se (access required)

Hackneyed adages aside, there’s one good thing about being up against anyone who has himself for a client: The lawyer will probably win. It’s just going to take longer and cost more money. And some ethical quicksand lies along the ...

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Database of info on doctors may expand (access required)

A bill that would expand the information doctors must provide the state is awaiting Gov. Jim Gilmore’s signature. If the measure is signed, med-mal plaintiff’s lawyers will be watching to see how the new source of additional information may be ...

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VSB Council elections are under way (access required)

Elections are on for the Virginia State Bar Council, and with only three races known to be contested, the biggest news might be what’s not happening. For the first time in memory, two incumbents from Fairfax County are running unopposed ...

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Lawyers and Doctors can get along (access required)

Lawyers and the doctors they need for their cases do not always get along. Schedules, temperaments and egos often clash. And each side can spin horror stories about the other. Dr. Francis Counselman, a physician in Hampton Roads for 14 ...

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