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New Wise prosecutor cuts private work (access required)

Newly elected Wise County Commonwealth’s Attorney Chuck Slemp is doing away with private prosecutor work for some of the municipal cases in the county and the city of Norton. Previously, local ordinance cases and misdemeanors were handled by private attorneys ...

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Court tightens use of sealed documents (access required)

Eastern District federal judges have revised their rules to raise the bar for filing of documents under seal. Under a new version of Local Civil Rule 5, the judges of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia ...

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‘But I need cash now!’ (access required)

Money stack

An industry that offers quick cash in exchange for long-term benefit streams is seeking cover in the wake of allegations that it preys on vulnerable customers with deals that pay pennies on the dollar. Virginia reform proposals have been spawned ...

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Lawyer sentenced in slaying of his mother (access required)

A Blacksburg attorney has accepted a sentence of between 16 and 20 years for the shooting death of his mother at her North Carolina home. Evidence suggested William H. Yongue IV killed his mother to prevent her from reporting his ...

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Lawyer’s accounting faults bring 5-month suspension (access required)

A Virginia Beach lawyer has agreed to a five-month license suspension for failing to properly handle and account for client money. With the agreed suspension, the Virginia State Bar dropped an allegation that attorney James A. Thurman committed conversion of ...

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Court revises process for lawyer reinstatement (access required)

Disbarred Virginia lawyers have a new path to follow to return to practice. The Supreme Court of Virginia has approved a rewrite of the procedures for judging whether a lawyer is ready to rejoin the Virginia State Bar. Under longstanding ...

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Rule: Lawyers must address data security (access required)

Virginia has joined at least 19 other states in putting lawyers on notice that they cannot ignore security risks inherent in modern office technology. The Supreme Court of Virginia has approved rule amendments and commentary that impose an ethical obligation ...

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VSB: Lawyer pursued appeal without merit (access required)

VSB resp2

A veteran lawyer who persisted with appellate arguments that had already been rejected by the courts has agreed to a reprimand from the Virginia State Bar. The public reprimand without terms is the first disciplinary blemish on the 34-year record ...

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Senator: Restore mandatory IOLTA

A state senator who practices law in Loudoun County is proposing to bring back mandatory designation of interest on lawyers’ trust accounts for legal aid programs. Sen. Jennifer T. Wexton, D-Leesburg, has introduced a bill that would repeal Virginia’s 20-year-old ...

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