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Bars struggle with endorsements (access required)

Tired of feeling ignored in the judicial nomination process, the Virginia Beach Bar Association is discussing a strategy for winning back its influence. The association has before it a proposal to revamp the way it endorses judicial appointees by recommending ...

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The Jurors Speak Out (access required)

Thirteen years ago, Campbell County Circuit Judge J. Samuel Johnston Jr. realized he had an unusual group of jurors in his Rustburg courtroom. During a two-month term of 15 jury trials, most of the jury pool who were not selected ...

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Single, unified ?Hampton Roads Bar? is proposed (access required)

The president of the Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar Association has called for a single regional local bar association in Hampton Roads. Business and civic leaders have been stressing regional cooperation throughout the area, and NPBA President Howard W. Martin Jr. ...

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On The Tube (access required)

Back in the early 1980s, one of Virginia’s pioneers in lawyer advertising on television was blackballed when he tried to join the Elks Club, by people who were appalled that he would hawk legal wares on the tube. The atmosphere ...

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Regulating lawyer ads not an easy task (access required)

At face value, Disciplinary Rule 2-101(A)–the rule governing lawyer advertising in Virginia–is straightforward. It bans: False, fraudulent, misleading or deceptive statements. Misleading fee information. Statements which imply that a case’s outcome is not related to its facts or merits. Unsubstantiated ...

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Should you advertise your firm on TV? (access required)

Is your firm considering taking its case–er, its advertisement–to television? If so, there are several factors to consider in the process. Richmond advertising executive Wellford Reed of Professional Images, which has experience working with law firms in all areas of ...

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Courtroom safety in Norfolk threatened (access required)

A decision by the Sheriff of Norfolk to relieve staffing problems in his jail by transferring 17 deputies from court security positions has left judges and lawyers concerned about safety at the courthouse. Get used to it, Sheriff Robert J. ...

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Alexandria IP firm now among state?s largest (access required)

ALEXANDRIA–The law firm of Oliff & Berridge lists some impressive big-name clients: Xerox, Kawasaki Steel, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, AT&T, Lucent Technologies, Nikon, Toyota Motor Corp., Rolls-Royce Aircraft. But it is the rags-to-riches story of a British inventor named David R. ...

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