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Bar proposal would streamline advertising rules (access required)

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Three years after a simplification of Virginia’s rules on lawyer advertising, a Virginia State Bar committee is proposing to strip even more specific language from the rules. The new proposal follows a national report labeling most lawyer marketing rules “outdated ...

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The new overtime rules (access required)

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New federal overtime rules may affect law firms more in the advice they give than in any changes they make to their own operations. New guidelines from the U.S. Department of Labor effective in Decem­ber will push the minimum salary ...

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Bar won’t back pro bono reporting (access required)

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ROANOKE – A proposal to require lawyers to report their pro bono contributions each year will go to the Supreme Court of Virginia without the blessing of the Virginia State Bar. Members of the VSB Council voted 29-25 Friday not ...

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Jeweler hit with $379k verdict, faces additional legal trouble (access required)

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Two men who claimed that a Nor­folk jeweler sold them engagement rings with low-grade diamonds won verdicts totaling $379,475 against both the business and the principal owner. The jury last month ruled that the evi­dence justified piercing the corporate veil ...

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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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