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Weckstein honored on retirement (access required)

The man once called the “Mark Twain of the Virginia judiciary” by a fellow judge accepted the accolades of colleagues and friends Thursday as he steps away – temporarily – from the courtroom. Judge Clifford R. Weckstein – a one-time ...

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Court eases lawyer’s duty when client wants to lie (access required)

Over the objections of state prosecutors, Virginia lawyers will not have to rush to disclose a client’s expressed plan to lie under oath. The Supreme Court of Virginia has enacted rule changes – effective in December – that make it ...

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Heath in line for VSB presidency (access required)

Without opposition, Newport News personal injury lawyer Leonard C. Heath Jr. is now in the pipeline to the presidency of the Virginia State Bar. Heath petitioned to run for bar president-elect last fall, presenting the required 50 signatures of bar ...

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Lobby bar for law firms extends to consulting firms (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia says ethics guidelines that prevent lawyers from lobbying the General Assembly if another law firm member is a state legislator also extend to firm-owned consulting units. The court on Sept. 30 approved a legal ethics ...

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Lawyers punished for helping suspended colleagues (access required)


“No good deed goes unpunished,” the old saying goes, and some Virginia lawyers have come to re­gret the day they agreed to help out colleagues who temporarily lost the privilege to practice. Two attorneys recently were disciplined for violating ethics ...

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Disbarred lawyer gets recommendation for reinstatement (access required)


A former Virginia lawyer who embezzled from her law firm, lost her law license and then spent years in professional and personal re­habilitation has won the endorsement of a Virginia State Bar panel in her bid to again practice law. ...

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Bar Council to consider impairment guidance

The Virginia State Bar’s Ethics Committee has approved proposed LEO 1886, which will be submitted to the VSB Council for consideration next month. The proposed LEO concerns the duty of partners and supervisory lawyers in a law firm when another ...

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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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