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VSB mulls over choices for handling its $3 million in shares of Trigon stock (access required)

The Virginia State Bar is holding 129,503 shares of stock it received from the demutualization of Trigon Blue Cross-Blue Shield–the insurer of choice for the VSB Medical Plan since the late 1980s. The stock’s value has been hovering at about ...

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Prescription cards now part of bar's health plan (access required)

Most lawyers who buy health insurance through the Virginia State Bar’s endorsed plans saw a change in their drug coverage and a slight increase in premiums when the plans renewed Oct. 1. Subscribers to the VSB’s Traditional and Preferred Provider ...

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Former Sen. Spong dies at 77 (access required)

William B. Spong Jr., who served as a U.S. Senator, law dean at the College of William & Mary and interim president of Old Dominion University, died Oct. 8 of a ruptured aneurysm. He was 77. In recent years, Spong ...

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High-Maintenance Clients (access required)

They bombard you with messages, they call you at home, they obsess over their cases, they expect you to drop everything for them and they drive your staff crazy. Sometimes they even keep you up at night worrying about them. ...

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Contact VSB for ethics book (access required)

A reminder– lawyers who want a copy of the 1997-98 Professional Guidelines must order it, because the Virginia State Bar is not mailing it automatically to members this year. In the past, the bar has published the guidelines in the ...

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Strategies for handling high-maintenance clients (access required)

Client management techniques are not usually taught in law school. They are learned on the job. Virginia lawyers passed along some of the strategies they have developed for dealing with high-maintenance clients. These include: Do a good intake interview Time ...

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Lee?s Judge Fugate to retire (access required)

Lee County Circuit Court Judge William C. Fugate has announced plans to retire after almost 35 years of serving as a judge in Southwest Virginia and as a leader of efforts to bring uniformity to Virginia’s court systems. Fugate, 66, ...

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Michael Goodman and the art of lawyering (access required)

Deposition doodles are a dime a dozen among Virginia attorneys. But for Richmond lawyer and cartoonist Michael L. Goodman, doodles represent dollars. Goodman, who practices primarily medical malpractice defense as a principal at Wright, Robinson, Osthimer & Tatum, has never ...

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?Actual-time docket? working in Richmond J&DR (access required)

Time was when a case was docketed for 9:00 a.m. in Richmond Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court, the lawyers and parties could sit all day waiting to be heard. No longer. Thanks to a computerized scheduling system developed by the ...

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