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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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The Principles of Cooperation (access required)

“The relation between a lawyer and a physician should be based upon mutual courtesy and understanding.” So suggests the proposed “Principles of Cooperation for Physicians and Attorneys,” developed by the Norfolk & Portsmouth Bar Association, the Virginia Beach Bar Association, ...

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Coverage of VSB ethics charges now is available (access required)

Legal malpractice insurance plans in Virginia have begun offering a new feature: Defense costs for lawyers charged with ethics violations by the Virginia State Bar. At least two insurance companies now offer this coverage, and a third will add it ...

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Norfolk ponders fate of its appeals courtroom (access required)

NORFOLK–Judge Joseph E. Baker’s retirement from the Virginia Court of Appeals this summer and the General Assembly’s decision to replace him with Circuit Judge Donald W. Lemons of Richmond has left lawyers here with a concern: What will happen to ...

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Norfolk?s Martin goes in search of good ?cue (access required)

Howard W. Martin Jr. has pondered some weighty issues during his year’s tenure as president of the Norfolk & Portsmouth Bar Association. In the “President’s Message” column of the association’s bulletin, Martin proposed, for example, that the individual bars in ...

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Judge Lemons is elected to appeals court (access required)

Richmond Circuit Judge Donald W. Lemons has been elected to the Virginia Court of Appeals. He will succeed Judge Joseph E. Baker, who will retire July 31. Lemons’ election came on the last day of the 1998 General Assembly session, ...

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CLE classes soon may be available over ?Net (access required)

Virginia lawyers soon might be able to take Mandatory Continuing Legal Education courses on the Internet, as early as July 1. The Virginia State Bar is circulating proposed MCLE Opinion #16, which would establish standards that providers of on-line CLE ...

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Finding Good Help (access required)

You are the manager of a small to mid-size law firm, in search of a bright, ambitious recent law school graduate to join you as an associate. But you know you can’t compete with the big guys in terms of ...

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Real estate most likely to prompt claims (access required)

Real estate attorneys recently have been the lawyers most likely to get sued in Virginia. Plaintiff’s personal injury and property damage work, second on the hit list, costs the most to settle. Many malpractice claims arise from a simple–and dumb–mistake, ...

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Due to budget crunch, VSB delays LOMAP till next year (access required)

The Virginia State Bar Council has postponed implementing the Law Office Management Assistance Program until July 1, 1999, as an alternative to biting too deeply into reserve funds or raising dues in the next biennium. Council decided to maintain, however, ...

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