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Wrestling With 'Local Rules' (access required)

WILLIAMSBURG — Virginia’s bench and bar are facing a midsummer deadline from the General Assembly on Virginia circuit courts’ use of “local rules.” The Boyd-Graves Conference is taking a lawyerly approach: They plan to seek a continuance. The Conference, a ...

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Mediating Workers’ Comp Claims (access required)

When a lawyer calls R. Temple Mayo, Director of Claims at the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission, about a missing medical payment, Mayo talks about mediation. When a lawyer calls to complain about a vocational rehabilitation counselor, Mayo talks about mediation. ...

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Education, DEQ Also Working On Mediation (access required)

The Workers’ Compensation Commission is not the only state agency where lawyers can expect to find the opportunity, if not the obligation, to have their clients mediate their disputes. Department of Education The Virginia Department of Education started the 1999-2000 ...

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Shooter Can't Use Mental Health Expert (access required)

A mentally retarded man who shot another man five times cannot support his claim of self-defense with a psychologist’s testimony about how the defendant tended to misinterpret “social situations,” the en banc Virginia Court of Appeals has ruled. The psychologist’s ...

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Nonconforming Support Payments Are Upheld (access required)

A father was entitled to credit for “nonconforming” child support he paid under an agreement the parties reached four years after their divorce decree, a Fairfax Circuit judge has ruled. The agreement, signed after mediation in 1995, changed custody of ...

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