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'Holy Wars' tackles issues of church-state (access required)

WILLIAMSBURG–Sometimes big ideas call out for concrete analogies to make them manageable. For example, how does one describe the line between church and state in America? Is it a solid wall? Or a wall with windows and doors? Or a ...

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VBA gives women lawyes chance to meet, talk (access required)

WILLIAMSBURG–The title given to the first-ever women lawyers’ breakfast roundtable at the Virginia Bar Association meeting here was “Can We Talk?” but the tone was far removed from the acerbic plaints of comedienne Joan Rivers. Instead, women lawyers and judges ...

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Avoiding Medicaid trouble over transfers by clients (access required)

WILLIAMSBURG–Despite a new threat of legal trouble from Medicaid for helping clients dispose of their assets, lawyers in Virginia are still providing that kind of information. But the lawyers are taking some precautions to protect themselves, three panelists said at ...

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Task force pushes land records bills (access required)

A task force charged with modernizing the way land records are kept in Virginia has submitted its first fistful of recommendations to the General Assembly–including a request that it be allowed to continue its work. In response to the report ...

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Judicial nomination panel in every circuit proposed (access required)

Every circuit in Virginia would have a local judicial nominating committee, under a bill being prepared by Del. Whittington W. Clement, D-Danville. The committees as proposed would include a majority of non-lawyers. Clement, who has signed on 50 patrons for ...

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VSB, AG?s office seek to settle up bill for fees (access required)

The Virginia State Bar apparently has negotiated down its bill for services from the Attorney General’s office, thereby allaying some of the pressure on the VSB’s budget for the next two years. During a special telephone conference meeting Jan. 6, ...

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VSB dues compare well to rates in other states (access required)

As the Virginia State Bar struggles over the issue of whether to raise dues to make up a budgetary shortfall, bar leaders are asking how Virginia’s dues compare to those in other states. As it turns out, lawyers in the ...

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The Lomap Puzzle (access required)

As if caught in a game of freeze tag, Virginia’s fledgling Law Office Management Assistance Program stands motionless, just as it was preparing to advertise for an executive director. A budget crisis at the Virginia State Bar, where mandated salary ...

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What will Virginia?s LOMAP program be like? (access required)

Will Virginia’s Law Office Management Assistance Program be a low-cost, lawyer-friendly way for small-firm attorneys to get the business end of their practices in shape? Or will it be a stern rehabilitator of lawyers who have gotten themselves in trouble ...

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Sex with a client is an ethical violation (access required)

A Portsmouth attorney who had sexual relations with a client has received a public reprimand with terms, in what appears to be the first time Virginia disciplinary authorities have dealt with the issue of whether lawyers can have sex with ...

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