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Lawyer faces ethics charges amid fee dispute (access required)

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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)

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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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Wrong label voids use of noncompete (access required)

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Labeling an employee as an independent contractor – thereby avoiding taxes and other employer obligations – will void a noncompete agreement in the worker’s contract, a Fairfax circuit judge has ruled. Fairfax Circuit Judge John M. Tran said an educator’s ...

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Special court dockets face House opposition (access required)

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Virginia court officials plan to revise their proposed rules for special court dockets after a key legislator warned of a hostile political climate. A free exchange of views at a recent government meeting exposed a rift – but a possible ...

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Lawyer pleads guilty in time-share case (access required)

A Williamsburg lawyer has pleaded guilty to taking part in a scheme to profit from fraudulent time-share purchases. Deborah H. Wagner pleaded to a felony charge of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud. The count carries a maximum 20 ...

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J&DR judges called to active duty (access required)

Two Virginia juvenile and domestic relations judges are being called up for active military duty, requiring additional hours by substitute judges. Both Judge Correy R. Smith of the Waynesboro J&DR Court and Judge H. Cary Payne of the Lynchburg J&DR ...

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