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Lawyer questions VSB's method of seeking comments (access required)

Dear Editor: I received recently a letter from the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board concerning the reinstatement application of an attorney. The receipt of the letter was dictated by my practice in the 20th Judicial Circuit. The letter asks my ...

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How to deal with new 'disclosure rule' (access required)

Dear Editor: Well, it seems that we’re going to have a rule requiring disclosure of adverse “controlling legal authority” whether we like it or not. Perhaps we can now get direction as to how to word the bill for services ...

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Unemployment comp case and coverage criticized (access required)

Dear Editor: As one of the lawyers who represented Karen VanWinkle in a case smirkily described in Nov. 24 “Hearsay” column [VanWinkle v. VEC, (VLW 097-7-722)], I have to say that I hardly recognized either Ms. VanWinkle or the history ...

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Mandating pro bono will wreck idea of 'public good' (access required)

Dear Editor: I am responding to John Levy’s letter [“Lawyers’ duty to system basis for mandatory pro bono,” Oct. 13, 1997]. My former professor presents a strong argument for the proposition that lawyers should perform pro bono public service. Professor ...

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Lawyers' duty to system basis for mandatory pro bono (access required)

Dear Editor: Why do they pick on us lawyers? A Letter to the Editor you published [“Why do we need mandatory pro bono?” Sept. 29, 1997] posed a question which is basic to the pro bono debate. Why aren’t other ...

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Why do we need mandatory pro bono? (access required)

Dear Editor: When a voluntary gift by individuals becomes a “mandatory” requirement and is declared an “obligation” of the donor coupled with minimum gift levels or penalties in fees with the punishment of losing a license to practice law, this ...

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Mandatory reporting of pro bono backed (access required)

Dear Editor: Based on the results of its recent fax poll, Virginia Lawyers Weekly suggests that Virginia lawyers already take their pro bono obligations seriously–even without a mandate from the General Assembly. Seventy-nine percent of the attorneys responding to the ...

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Voluntary sentencing guidelines assailed (access required)

Dear Editor: The article in your July 21, 1997, edition, “‘Voluntary’ Sentencing Rules Now the Standard,” missed the main point about Virginia’s Sentencing Guidelines, which is that they promote not “Truth in Sentencing,” but “Insanity in Sentencing.” Let us look ...

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Rule on disclosure of authority blasted (access required)

Dear Editor: I strongly dissent from Rule 3.2 of Part II of the proposed Model Rules of Professional Conduct, which will require a lawyer to disclose adverse authority if his opponent misses it. We are apparently switching from the adversarial ...

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Tax status of PCs clarified (access required)

Dear Editor: Thank you for your excellent coverage on the recently enacted legislation allowing solo practitioners to practice as PLLCs (“Solos now can form PLLCs,” Aug. 4, 1997). Your article correctly points out the practice flexibility a PLLC will bring ...

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