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Author Archives: Matthew Phillips

New Indigent Defense Commission Launched (access required)

The commonwealth’s first entity charged with the oversight of court-appointed lawyers opened for business this month. The Virginia Indigent Defense Commision, created by the 2004 General Assembly, will handle the functions previously served by the Public Defender Commission. The new ...

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Generation X (access required)

Generation X. It’s a term that came into vogue during the 1990s to describe the generation – born between 1966 to 1981 – that followed the post-World War II Baby Boomers. The pop psychologists may have moved on – there’s ...

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Committee on State Medical Insurance Slow To Get Going (access required)

Gov. Mark R. Warner signed a bill in April to create a state-run insurance program for Virginia physicians, but since then, details on the program have been slow to develop. A study committee that must report back to the General ...

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Roanoke Attorney Named Young Lawyer Of The Year (access required)

As a first-year lawyer at the Roanoke firm of Gentry Locke Rakes & Moore, Brett Marston was inspired by the degree of community activism within the firm. The roster of attorneys included the current president of the Virginia State Bar, ...

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Winchester Attorney Is 2004 Legal Aid Lawyer Of The Year (access required)

VIRGINIA BEACH—Nancy Glickman is a legal aid lawyer, always has been, “always will be,” she said. As the 2004 Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year, Glickman is recognized for a career in legal aid that extends across several state lines ...

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Indigent Failed to Show 'Need' for DNA Expert (access required)

The Court of Appeals erred when it overturned a trial judge’s denial of public funds to an indigent defendant for a DNA expert, the Supreme Court of Virginia has ruled. The high court found that the defendant had failed to ...

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Governor Fills Judgeships In Alexandria, Hampton (access required)

Gov. Mark R. Warner has appointed Alexandria lawyer Lisa B. Kemler to a judicial vacancy in the 18th Circuit, and Hampton Circuit Judge William C. Andrews III will again fill the 8th Circuit judgeship he has held since 1996, only ...

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Mother, Boy Get Around School Board's Immunity (access required)

A woman and her 14-year-old son who were rear-ended by a Fairfax County school bus have recovered $171,000 for the accident despite a $50,000 limitation on liability for the school board. The source of the additional recovery: the woman’s underinsured ...

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Court-Appointed Counsel To Be Regulated By State (access required)

Beginning next summer, court-appointed attorneys for the first time ever will be required to meet minimum standards of training and experience. Also for the first time, court-appointed lawyers will be overseen by a regulatory agency. The Virginia Public Defender Commission, ...

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Psychiatrist Hit for $1.4M Verdict in Death of Ex-Wife (access required)

The family of a woman who died of an overdose of strong pain-relief medicine given to her by a Fredericksburg psychiatrist has been awarded $1.4 million by a Spotsylvania County jury. The defendant, Dr. Bernard J. Member, was also convicted ...

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