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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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Bankruptcy filings up yet again, but why? (access required)

The number of bankruptcy filings in Virginia rose by 19 percent in 1997, continuing a decade-long trend. The number of filings statewide has doubled since 1990. Both of Virginia’s federal districts busted the charts last year: The bankruptcy court in ...

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Virginia's Largest Law Firms 1998: (321101) (access required)

Intellectual property firms ride the wave of high technology. Their clients are the mothers and fathers of invention in cutting-edge industries, including communications. But when it comes to dealing with clients, don’t think videoconferencing and e-mail are taking the place ...

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New VSB Counsel Is Learning On The Job (access required)

Barbara Ann Williams, the new Virginia State Bar Counsel, is used to being, as she puts it, “technologically adept and self sufficient.” Before she went to the University of Virginia School of Law, she worked for McGuire, Woods, Battle & ...

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VaREAL, Coalition Confer On CRESPA Changes (access required)

As lawyers reconcile themselves to living with the Consumer Real Estate Settlement Protection Act (CRESPA), some tinkering with the act is in the works, legislatively and through the regulatory process. Meanwhile, real estate lawyers are keeping their eyes on the ...

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VSB Backs 4 For E.D. (access required)

The Virginia State Bar Executive Committee has recommended four candidates from Northern Virginia for an upcoming federal judgeship in the Eastern District of Virginia. Drawing from a list of nine, the EC voted Thursday to recommend a lawyer, John H. ...

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Waiver Of Search Right Is Upheld (access required)

A defendant can waive his Fourth Amendment rights in a plea-bargain agreement, the en banc Court of Appeals has ruled. The defendant had waived his “right against unreasonable searches and seizures” for one year when he pled guilty to having ...

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Lawyers Helping Lawyers (access required)

Statistics on Lawyers Helping Lawyers–the statewide program for assisting attorneys with alcohol and other substance abuse problems–can be hard to come by. The program’s director, Susan D. Pauley, recently has been working from handwritten records of her two-year tenure to ...

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