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Tip: Clients' shady acts can make you tread tightrope (access required)

A husband taps his own home phone to catch his wife’s adulterous phone calls. A wife calls the cops to tip them about her husband’s dope stash. A husband mails a threat to his wife during heated divorce negotiations. Divorce ...

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VSB Council sets rules for 'foreign' attorneys (access required)

Although response to the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee dominated the Feb. 23-24 Virginia State Bar Council meeting, the council managed to act on a number of unrelated issues. Foreign attorneys Friday’s hot potato was a proposed change to ...

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Race summit set for UR (access required)

Just the word “race” can stir up emotions these days. Couple it with “bias” and controversy begins to brew. The Virginia Bar Association hopes to raise awareness of the issue of racial and ethnic bias during a two-day summit that ...

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Advocacy in mediation means rethinking legal skills (access required)

Guest Column by Lawrence H. Hoover Jr. Is advocacy in mediation an oxymoron? What do lawyers need to know about representing a client who is using mediation? Do we need to redefine advocacy in this context? These are among the ...

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Assembly Update for March 4, 1996 (access required)

Panel backs legislation allowing pollution lawsuits A Senate committee on Feb. 26 endorsed legislation giving Virginia citizens the right to sue if they can show they could be harmed by state approval of an industrial pollution permit. Virginia is the ...

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News in Brief for March 4, 1996 (access required)

Attorney liable to title company loses appeal A jury verdict finding a real estate attorney liable to a title company for breach of contract will stand now that the Virginia Supreme Court has refused the lawyer’s appeal. The attorney had ...

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VSB votes dues cut–Council approves $800K for Clients' Fund (access required)

Practicing law in Virginia just got cheaper. The Virginia State Bar Council voted Feb. 23 to lower annual bar dues from $185 to $175. Assuming quick approval of the proposal by the Virginia Supreme Court, lawyers will see the $10 ...

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'Slow plea' halted (access required)

A criminal defendant who was found guilty by a jury could not then change his plea to guilty in order to take the sentencing away from the jury, the Court of Appeals has ruled in a case of apparent first ...

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Tenant can't sue project over attack (access required)

A housing project did not have a duty to protect an elderly resident from the attack of a trespasser, a Wise County Circuit judge has ruled. To tag the project for liability, the plaintiff needed to plead and show a ...

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Accident report fracas surfaces in Richmond (access required)

A discovery dispute that has engaged Tidewater courts in recent months has rolled into Richmond. The dispute is over accident or incident reports filed in personal-injury cases. In a typical auto-accident case, an insurance adjuster investigates and makes a report ...

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