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Assembly elects new circuit, district judges (access required)

In addition to electing the newest member of the Court of Appeals, Elizabeth McClanahan, last Wednesday, the General Assembly also approved new circuit, general district and juvenile and domestic relations judges across Virginia: Circuit Court * 3rd Circuit: Portsmouth lawyer ...

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High Court OKs special military certification (access required)

Military lawyers not licensed in Virginia now can obtain a special certificate that allows them to represent low-income service personnel in the state’s civilian courts, under a new rule adopted by the Supreme Court of Virginia. The Registered Military Legal ...

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Assembly Panel Backs 4 For Appeals Court Seat (access required)

The General Assembly’s Joint Judicial Advisory Committee — a 15-member ad hoc panel of lawyers and nonlawyers that endorses candidates for appellate judgeships — has given its highest endorsement to four of six candidates for an opening on the Virginia ...

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ANLIR Receiver: Lawyers Could Be Personally Liable (access required)

If American National Lawyers Insurance Reciprocal and two related companies have to be liquidated, their insured lawyers will be personally responsible for paying any malpractice claims against them and defense costs, the Tennessee commissioner of commerce and insurance has told ...

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ANLIR In Receivership, Status Of Claims Unknown (access required)

American National Lawyers Insurance Reciprocal — the largest provider of legal malpractice insurance in Virginia — has been put into receivership in Tennessee, where it is domiciled. The action was taken Jan. 31, two days after ANLIR’s primary reinsurer, Reciprocal ...

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Reciprocal Of America Is Put Into Receivership (access required)

Reciprocal of America, one of the top 25 insurers of hospitals in the United States and the primary reinsurer of American National Lawyers Insurance Reciprocal, was put into receivership last Wednesday by a Richmond Circuit judge. The State Corporation Commission ...

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SCC Acts Cloud Future Of Malpractice Carrier (access required)

American National Lawyers Insurance Reciprocal, once the dominant liability insurer of lawyers in Virginia and a significant player in several other states, is in limbo as a result of a recent state takeover of its primary reinsurer, Reciprocal of America. ...

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Frank Thomas Takes Helm Of The VBA (access required)

Frank A. Thomas III has an expertise few Virginia lawyers can lay claim to: He has raised sheep. In the coldest weather, when lambs tend to be born, he has hastened from his practice in downtown Orange to his farm ...

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Newport News Judge Not Reelected (access required)

After extensive public hearings and bitter debate, the House and Senate courts of justice committees have voted not to reelect Newport News Circuit Judge Verbena M. Askew to a second eight-year term. Askew was the first black woman to serve ...

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