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Criminal defense lawyers want to open up discovery (access required)

Discovery in criminal cases is a hot issue. In some localities, defense lawyers complain of secretive police policies and uncooperative prosecutors. In other jurisdictions, however, commonwealth’s attorneys announce “open file” policies, and defense lawyers generally agree those procedures work well. ...

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Another Conrad case revived despite apparent settlement

Loudoun County Circuit Judge Thomas Horne will allow a plaintiff to pursue his auto accident case despite the earlier “settlement” of the claim by a dishonest lawyer acting without the client’s authority. Woodbridge lawyer Stephen Conrad, now disbarred and imprisoned, ...

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Another Conrad case revived despite apparent settlement

Loudoun County Circuit Judge Thomas Horne will allow a plaintiff to pursue his auto accident case despite the earlier “settlement” of the claim by a dishonest lawyer acting without the client’s authority. Woodbridge lawyer Stephen Conrad, now disbarred and imprisoned, ...

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New U.S. News ranking category?

Law students at Regent University’s law school blow off steam playing intramural flag football. Not so weird, you might say, but these people really take this stuff seriously. There’s even a website where the team rankings are listed (the 3L ...

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New U.S. News ranking category?

Law students at Regent University’s law school blow off steam playing intramural flag football. Not so weird, you might say, but these people really take this stuff seriously. There’s even a website where the team rankings are listed (the 3L ...

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Lawyer keeps working through explosion, fire

It took a power outage and mandatory evacuation to get Andrew McRoberts out of his office last week, according to an account he posts on his blog. McRoberts’ firm, Richmond’s Sands Anderson, was one of the offices affected when a ...

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A failure to cooperate?

HOT SPRINGS–Defense lawyers take divergent views on whether to divulge a defendant’s lack of cooperation to facilitate a settlement. Under established principles, a lawyer defending a civil claim cannot jeopardize his client’s coverage by telling his insurance adjuster that the ...

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