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Proposal would encourage pro bono by retired lawyers

A Virginia State Bar panel is hoping to boost the number of retired lawyers who qualify for special status to provide pro bono services for needy clients. Bar rules allow for so-called “emeritus members” to provide no-cost legal service under ...

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Tax relief lawyer agrees to VSB discipline (access required)


A lawyer who owns a nationwide tax relief service has agreed to a public admonition from the Virginia State Bar coupled with promises to revise his pitch to taxpayers and to work to resolve complaints from four disgruntled customers. The ...

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Fairfax judge arrested for DUI (access required)

A Fairfax County general district judge has been removed from all drunken-driving cases after he was charged with driving under the influence in Maryland in April, a court official told The Washington Post. Judge Michael H. Cantrell was stopped in ...

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Judge to mull attorney disqualification in fire case (access required)


An Abingdon federal judge has scheduled a hearing to test claims that defense lawyers in an insurance coverage dispute should be disqualified for their handling of inside information accidentally made available by the opposing side. The case “may very well ...

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Couric cleared of defamation claim (access required)

A Virginia federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit that accused broadcaster Katie Couric of defaming members of a Virginia gun club in a documentary video. The Virginia Citizens Defense League sued in 2016 after it was revealed that the director ...

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Probate problems lead to disbarment of Arlington lawyer (access required)

An Arlington lawyer has agreed to give up his law license following a Virginia State Bar investigation into his handling of a probate estate in Prince William County. While serving as executor, William P. Wittig allegedly failed to file a ...

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