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A New Approach To Guardianship Law (access required)

The population of Virginia, like that of the nation at large, is aging. As a result, the population of incapacitated elderly people will increase. In an attempt to anticipate the demands of this demographic change, the General Assembly overhauled the ...

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Making Sense of CRESPA (access required)

Four months after the Consumer Real Estate Settlement Protection Act became law, questions that were supposed to have been answered by the legislation are still being volleyed: Who is responsible for settling real estate transactions? What constitutes the unauthorized practice ...

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Trial Report Plus: Laborer scores $86K for age discrimination (access required)

An 83-year-old laborer has won an $86,000 award from a Fauquier County Circuit Court jury in a lawsuit that accused his employer of firing him because of his age. When the judge allowed the case to go forward last year, ...

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Ceresi leaves judgeship to run sports museum (access required)

Frank J. Ceresi has been involved in the lives of many troubled young people in the decade he has served as an Arlington Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court judge. Now he is about to tap his lifelong interest in ...

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Drug Courts (access required)

Drug courts. They are a new phenomenon nationally–less than a decade old. They cost a lot, in money and judicial time. They work with a population some people view as hopeless. Nobody has proven indisputably they are effective. And they ...

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Judges Will Be Pivotal in Drug Court Success (access required)

Richmond’s Drug Court is in session. Judge Donald W. Lemons presides. Lemons greets the first defendant by name. “Mr. Walsh, how are you today? You may have a seat if you like.” His probation officer reports that the defendant has ...

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New lawyers entering the best job market in years (access required)

Virginia’s newest lawyers are entering the brightest job market in years. Law firms are hiring again, and many are paying better salaries. In government agencies, hiring freezes are over, and the agencies are actively recruiting new blood. And opportunities for ...

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Salaries and jobs up for new lawyers (access required)

Most of Virginia’s largest law firms are hiring more entry-level lawyers and paying them more, Virginia Lawyers Weekly’s Tenth Annual New Associates Salary Survey revealed. A chart listing firms with entry-level associate hiring and starting pay appears alongside this story. ...

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Richmond judge offers thoughts to new lawyers (access required)

Starting with a speech and ending with a sermon, U.S. District Judge James R. Spencer urged young lawyers attending the Richmond Bench-Bar Conference to take the high road in their professional lives. In his presentation last Thursday at the Omni ...

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Hampton Roads nabs GDC and two J&DR judgeships (access required)

Four new judicial positions–three in the Hampton Roads area–have been approved by the Virginia Supreme Court’s Committee on District Courts and recommended to the General Assembly. The proposed new judgeships, which would be effective July 1, 1998, would be in ...

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