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NOVA Law: Preparing your client for a videotaped deposition (access required)

Rule 4:7A of the Virginia Supreme Court Rules, authorizes a party to conduct a videotaped deposition, and controls the use of such a deposition. When a client is noticed for a deposition, the prudent practitioner will prepare the client for ...

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NOVA Law: Baltimore firm beefs up Northern VA operation (access required)

The leases were up, so Miles & Stockbridge decided to pack up and move its Washington, D.C., and Fairfax offices. The Fairfax move will expand the Baltimore-based firm’s presence in Northern Virginia. The firm’s Washington office will move to the ...

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Closing by non-lawyer is UPL (access required)

A non-lawyer settlement agent who conducts a real estate closing is engaging in the unauthorized practice of law, according to a draft Virginia State Bar UPL opinion obtained by Virginia Lawyers Weekly at press time last week. The draft of ...

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Emotional distress claim against cops goes forward (access required)

A tow-truck driver who was locked up for towing a car can sue the arresting officer for intentional infliction of emotional distress, a federal judge in Roanoke has ruled. A claim for emotional distress may be common as a count ...

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Lawyer must choose which role to play in will contest (access required)

In a will contest, the lawyer who wrote the will cannot wait until trial to decide whether a member of the lawyer’s firm will testify in the case, a Fairfax Circuit judge has ruled. The judge said that after discovery, ...

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McClanahan joins VLW (access required)

Baker McClanahan has joined Virginia Lawyers Weekly as news editor. McClanahan is a 1992 graduate of the Washington & Lee University School of Law, where he was a staff writer for the law review and a contributor to the student ...

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Guest Column: Avoid malpractice claim by avoiding risky clients (access required)

There are many things a lawyer can do to avoid a malpractice claim. But sometimes, it’s not the lawyer’s fault, and the only way to prevent a claim is to turn away the troublesome client in the first place. Unfortunately, ...

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Judge can't stop defendant from cooperating with cops (access required)

A District Court may not prohibit a criminal defendant from cooperating with police because the defendant’s continued contact with his criminal cohorts would impede his rehabilitation, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled. The case is U.S. v. ...

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News in Brief for June 3, 1996 (access required)

VSB Disciplinary Action The law license of Earl Randolph Burton has been revoked by the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board, effective May 24. According to the VSB, the board found Burton violated the rules against committing a crime or other ...

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Roanoke judges split an accident reports (access required)

Three Circuit judges in the Roanoke Valley have weighed in on the issue of discovery of adjuster’s reports taken after an auto accident. The tally: An even 1 1/2 for plaintiffs and 1 1/2 for defendants. The question of whether ...

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