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Product rulings concern plaintiffs’ bar (access required)

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Virginia judges have nullified jury verdicts for alleged victims of dangerous machines in three recent decisions, leading plaintiffs’ lawyers to consider both legislative and venue changes. The Virginia Trial Lawyers Association has formed a task force to examine whether statutory ...

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Lawyer revoked for cover-up (access required)

A suspended Fairfax lawyer has lost his license after an ill-advised appearance in a Loudoun County courtroom and his efforts to cover up his mistake. Michael A. Ward’s license was suspended in February of last year for 12 months. Nearly ...

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‘Big Brotherism’? Lawyers speak out about pro bono reporting proposal (access required)


A call for mandatory reporting of lawyers’ contributions to the pub­lic good shows a sharp divide among lawyers in Virginia. The Virginia State Bar received more than 300 comments on a proposal for required self-reporting on attorney pro bono activities. ...

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Comments sought on law practice changes (access required)


A Virginia State Bar panel recom­mends study of relaxing the rules that forbid lawyers from joining forces with non-legal equity part­ners. The VSB’s Committee on the Future of Law Practice also urges examination of the rules that gag lawyers from ...

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Comments split on change in witness impeachment rule (access required)

A proposal that would untie the hands of lawyers surprised by adverse testimony from their own witness garnered a mixed reaction from the Virginia legal community. A prosecutor and a law professor urged an end to Virginia’s strict limit on ...

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Judge dismisses ‘video assault’ suit against JMU (access required)


A federal judge has dismissed a Title IX lawsuit that accused officials at James Madison University of failing to properly respond after male students shared a video of a female student being assaulted at a spring break party in Florida. ...

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Lawyer faces ethics charges amid fee dispute (access required)


A Richmond lawyer and Virginia bar leader is accused of dropping the ball on a criminal client after accepting a $15,000 fee and allegedly converting the fee to her own use. The VSB alleges that Vinceretta T. Chiles of Richmond ...

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Retired judges can still perform marriages (access required)

Many retired Virginia judges play active roles in the state court system, sitting by designation to hear cases. But even a retired judge who has given up all courthouse duties can still perform marriages, the state attorney general says. The ...

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Some progress on diversity (access required)


Lawyers who raised concerns about a lack of diversity among the bench and bar in the Northern Virginia criminal justice system earlier this year say progress is being made, but there is still cause for concern. A group of African-American ...

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