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Speeding + Drinking Wasn't HO Endangerment (access required)

Even though a habitual offender was alledgedly speeding and had been drinking, those facts alone were not enough to support a felony conviction for habitual offender endangerment, the Court of Appeals of Virginia has ruled. The appellate court reversed the ...

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Opinion On Voting By Judges Attacked (access required)

Three Virginia judges, represented by the American Civil Liberties Union, have asked the Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee to reconsider a November opinion in judges’ ability to vote in primary elections. According to the opinion, No. 99-6, it is not proper ...

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New Rules You Should Be Revisiting (access required)

The Rules of Professional Conduct will take effect on Jan. 1. Last week’s article addressed the topics of advertising, sale of a practice, responsibility for the the ethics of associates, mentoring and duty to disclose adverse controlling legal authority. The ...

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The New Ethics Rules (access required)

The new Rules of Professional Conduct for Virginia lawyers at long last will become a reality on Jan. 1. The Virginia State Bar began working on a revision of the Code of Professional Responsibility in 1993. A special VSB committee, ...

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Slip and Fall Law (access required)

There was a time in Virginia when taking a slip-and-fall case was a sure way to waste a lot of time: Virginia law was so clear, and so weighted to the defense, went the conventional wisdom. Lawyers would trot slip-and-falls ...

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Contest For High-Court Seat Begins (access required)

Now that Supreme Court Justice A. Christian Compton has made his retirement announcement official (see story, “Justice Compton To Retire“), the game is on for determining who his successor on the court will be. Although one could hear occasional whispers ...

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