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Carrico to new lawyers: Keep standards high (access required)

Chief Justice Harry L. Carrico of the Supreme Court of Virginia challenged the commonwealth’s newest lawyers to heed the call of ethical responsibility during an induction ceremony conducted last week. “The need for the profession to improve its public image ...

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Franklin courthouse named for Davis (access required)

Virginia lawyers have plied their trade at the Franklin County Courthouse for generations. From now on, they’ll practice law at the Franklin County Courthouse B.A. Davis III Complex. Judge B.A. “Monk” Davis III, a Franklin County native, last month left ...

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Summer clerk pay and jobs both on the rise (access required)

Summer should be sweet for law students who want to be summer clerks at Virginia’s larger law firms. The pay is up, as is the number of jobs available, according to Virginia Lawyers Weekly’s annual survey of summer clerk salaries. ...

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Trial Report Plus: Plaintiff wins $4.1M in products liability suit (access required)

A man whose right arm was permanently disabled in a forklift accident has been awarded $4.1 million by a Norfolk jury. The jury deliberated only one hour before finding the forklift’s maker liable for producing an unreasonably dangerous machine. The ...

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Compliance with CLE is running down to wire (access required)

Less than two months remain before this year’s continuing legal education deadline, and more Virginia lawyers than ever before have yet to comply. At the time of interim notices, over 12,000 members of the Virginia State Bar had not fulfilled ...

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Staunton J&DR program emphasizes ?restoration? (access required)

The case of a 17-year-old Staunton boy charged with possession of stolen property did not go to trial last week. Instead, the youth and a community panel met to resolve the issue among themselves through a new program called “Restorative ...

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Off the Clock: An attorney abroad (access required)

Jesse J. Richardson Jr. never imagined his job would involve hazard pay. The Winchester lawyer didn’t turn down the offer, though, when a teaching assignment led him to the wartorn country of Albania earlier this year. “I got 20 percent ...

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Gartlan gets VTLA award (access required)

Sen. Joseph V. Gartlan Jr., D-Mason Neck, has received the Distinguished Service Award from the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association. Gartlan’s record of public service dates back to 1972, when he first was elected to the Virginia Senate. He now has ...

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Richmond lawyer goes the talk-show route for client (access required)

National television audiences were treated to a new case celebre on March 25 when talk-show host Leeza Gibbons brought Richmond attorney Donald R. Lee on her program, “Leeza.” Their topic: The fate of Lee’s client, convicted murderess Beverly Anne Monroe. ...

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Dramatic skills help litigators draw jury in (access required)

The courtroom is, perhaps, the ultimate drama, according to actress and attorney Amy Berlin. “You should know how to change things in your voice and body to get what you want from your audience,” she said. That idea has led ...

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