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Budget Burdens Felt In Fairfax (access required)

FAIRFAX—Like virtually every recipient of state funds, the Fairfax County court system keenly feels the impact of the state’s budget mess. But judges there say that even with little prospect of relief, the system is functioning at a high level. ...

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'Involuntary Intoxication' Defense Beats DUI Charge (access required)

A Fairfax general district judge has dismissed a DUI charge against a man who was unaware that the drug Paxil, in combination with alcohol, could make him intoxicated. The man was taking Paxil, an anti-depressant, when he had a few ...

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10 'Biggest' Defense Verdicts Of 2002 (access required)

Last month Virginia Lawyers Weekly published the “Largest Verdicts of 2002,” our annual compilation of million-dollar verdicts in Virginia. Choosing the biggest plaintiff’s victories is an easy task — just do the math. But what about the lawyers who work ...

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Circuit Clerks Condemn Bill On Records On Internet (access required)

Circuit court clerks are up in arms over a bill that would require the deletion of personal information from public records posted on the Internet. Sponsored by Del. Samuel A. Nixon Jr., R-Chesterfield, House Bill 2426 would compel clerks to ...

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Criminal-Defense Group Aims To Boost Influence (access required)

The state’s largest organization of criminal defense attorneys has launched a major membership drive to raise revenue and increase the group’s influence. The drive coincides with a name change, the hiring of an executive director and a more vigorous presence ...

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Experts: Schmoozing Key To Building Your Practice (access required)

Networking is a key to enhancing your practice, experts emphasize repeatedly. “It’s timely, and it transcends practice groups,” said Caren E. Ulrich, who teaches attorney development at McGuireWoods’ Washington, D.C. office. “Everybody needs it.” Sounds good. But how exactly do ...

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Punitives Claim In DUI Survives With .14 BAC (access required)

A woman hurt in a drunken driving accident may claim punitive damages even though a defendant’s blood-alcohol test scored lower than the statutory threshold for such damages, the Supreme Court of Virginia has ruled. A test showed that the defendant ...

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Legislators Debate How They Should Interview Judges (access required)

Virginia is one of only two states in the nation with judges elected by the legislature. With one branch of government deciding who will fill the seats in another branch, concerns over the separation of powers are inevitable. Such concerns ...

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High Court Rejects VSB Corporate Counsel Rule (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia has rejected the Virginia State Bar’s proposed rule governing the certification of corporate counsel, opting instead to endorse an alternative rule proposed by Richmond lawyer Richard Cullen. In draft Rule 1A:5, the VSB proposed that ...

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Portsmouth Jury Returns Record $60M P.I. Verdict (access required)

Tying a record for personal injury verdicts in Virginia, a Portsmouth jury awarded $60 million in August to a North Carolina man who suffered a severe brain injury when his car was struck head-on by a delivery van in Suffolk. ...

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