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Author Archives: Donna Childress

Couple wrote the book on Virginia courthouses (access required)

From the spring of 1992 to the spring of 1994, attorney John O. Peters appeared at courts all over Virginia. But he did not carry with him the traditional briefcase and dreams of winning a precedent-setting case. Instead, he toted ...

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Buchanan courthouse reflects mountain life (access required)

GRUNDY–In the heart of Virginia’s coalfields stands a gray stone courthouse that, for 90 years, has witnessed the legal events, large and small, that have affected the residents of Buchanan County. Only one four-lane highway leads to the county seat ...

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Eastern District plays game by its own rules (access required)

ARLINGTON–Knowing the local rules is critical to survival in the Eastern District, said U.S. Magistrate Judge Barry R. Poretz, who sits in Alexandria. “When attorneys who do not practice in this court appear before us, and they are unaware of ...

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Title insurer not liable for adverse claim (access required)

A title insurance company is not liable to its policyholder for an adverse title claim, a U.S. District Court in Big Stone Gap has ruled. The policyholder sought to recover the $300,000 it paid to the adverse claimant. The court ...

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NOVA LAW: Law firms seek potential business on Internet (access required)

Although marketing remains anathema to some lawyers, others are searching for innovative ways to reach potential clients. Some in the latter group are using one of today’s most-talked-about communications media: the Internet. To use the Internet, law firms post a ...

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NOVA LAW: Hispanic Bar organizes in Arlington (access required)

In Northern Virginia, attorneys are starting a new specialty bar: the Hispanic Bar Association of the Commonwealth of Virginia Inc. Although Hispanic attorneys had talked about forming the bar association in the past, legislative activity involving Hispanics spurred the group ...

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State bar's UPL Committee defines "legal assistant" (access required)

Last month, the Virginia State Bar made its first attempt at defining the paralegal profession by accepting a formal definition of a legal assistant. The resolution was adopted by the VSB Standing Committee on Unauthorized Practice of Law on March ...

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Tidewater attorney flies under cover of the night (access required)

VIRGINIA BEACH–By day, Virginia Beach attorney Michael J. Dumont does the usual lawyer tasks, preparing civil cases for trial and serving as a special assistant commonwealth’s attorney. But by night, his duties change. Then he straps on night-vision goggles, climbs ...

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NOVA LAW: Fredericksburg couple opens law practice (access required)

In the 1930s and early 1940s, two lawyers shared upstairs offices in Fredericksburg’s historic district. Their last name was Powell, and they were husband and wife. In 1945, the city newspaper bought the building. But last January, two more lawyers ...

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