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International seminar program moving to Va. CLE

The Supreme Court of Virginia has decided the Virginia State Bar should no longer sponsor its annual Midyear Legal Seminar in which lawyers studied Virginia law in foreign locales. The program will continue under Virginia CLE, a nonprofit division of ...

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VSB seeks comments on diversity funding

With a green light from the state attorney general’s office, the Virginia State Bar is testing the waters for a proposal to use bar dues to fund activities of the bar’s Diversity Conference. The Diversity Conference is one of four ...

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Fix is recommended for filing fee problem (access required)


It was a case where if something could go wrong, it did. A handful of missteps – some ordinary, others unexpected – put an injured accident victim out of court, dealt his lawyers an unexpected setback and raised questions among ...

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State bar pass rate rebounds slightly

Despite national worries about declining bar passage rates in the wake of reports of lowered admission standards at some law schools, the overall pass rate improved somewhat in Virginia this year. The rate of 71.05 percent for the July exam ...

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Spencer named ‘Leader of the Year’

Richmond U.S. District Judge James R. Spencer was named “Leader of the Year” by the 2015 class of Leaders in the Law. Virginia Lawyers Weekly’s Leaders in the Law program, now in its 10th year, honors attorneys and others who ...

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Med-mal plaintiffs press for complete hospital records (access required)


Another ruling in a Newport News court could help lawyers for hospital patients get a comprehensive look at the information hiding deep in electronic medical records. Avery T. “Sandy” Waterman Jr. has been pressing for full disclosure of digital hospital ...

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Apgar: Mediation failure and how to avoid it (access required)


ROANOKE – Going light on preparation can doom your client’s mediation session, one retired judge says. Failure to properly prepare the client was number one on Judge Jonathan Apgar’s list of reasons that mediations don’t work out. The retired judge, ...

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‘Secret’ settlements questioned (access required)


Two Virginia judges have taken different views of the value of public disclosure of lawsuit settlements for cases involving death or child victims. The extent of the public’s right to know about the handling of significant cases with potentially vulnerable ...

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