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News in Brief for Feb. 5, 1996 (access required)

McCoy named clerk of Court of Appeals Cynthia L. McCoy, chief deputy clerk of the Virginia Court of Appeals since 1994, has been named clerk. She succeeds Richard James, who resigned in December. McCoy became chief deputy with the appellate ...

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Assembly Update for Jan. 29, 1996 (access required)

No rehab support statute this year Virginia lawyers can expect to wait at least another year for rehabilitative spousal support, which is support for a limited duration. A special committee of the Virginia State Bar’s Family Law Section has not ...

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News in Brief for Jan. 29, 1996 (access required)

Another mom must stay put in Old Dominion Here’s a Cleveland story that doesn’t have anything to do with the Browns, the Indians or the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. It has to do with yet another mom who ...

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Review Granted for January 1996 (access required)

Review Granted provides a brief synopsis of recent cases in which the Virginia Supreme Court has granted petitions for appeal. This feature appears in the last issue of Virginia Lawyers Weekly each month. The information provided comes from the successful ...

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All closings would be the 'practice of law' (access required)

By Paul Fletcher, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief In the feud between real estate lawyers and non-lawyer closing services, the lawyers have gone for the jugular. The Virginia Real Estate Attorneys League has floated a bill in the General Assembly that would ...

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VaREAL's legislative agenda (access required)

The bill to define a real estate settlement as the practice of law is one of eight bills introduced last with the backing of the Virginia Real Estate Attorneys League. The other proposals would: * impose fiduciary duties on nonlawyer ...

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New limits on Bowman used fast (access required)

The Supreme Court’s curtailment of the controversial Bowman public-policy exception earlier this month has given one employer a quick victory in a sexual-harassment case. A Martinsville Circuit judge ruled Jan. 18 that a secretary cannot sue her employer, a music ...

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Accelerated rent clause struck as 'penalty' (access required)

A commercial landlord could not enforce an “acceleration clause” in a lease, making the tenant liable for all rent upon termination, a Fairfax Circuit judge has ruled in a case of first impression. The lease lacked an offset provision giving ...

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Tip: Making gender bias work for your client (access required)

Family law practitioners cannot avoid gender bias in handling their child custody cases, according to a panel of experts who spoke to the Virginia Bar Association Jan. 19 in Williamsburg. And if you can’t beat it, use it to your ...

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Tip: Manage 'crazy' clients without losing your wits (access required)

“How can I deal with the crazies in my practice?” Divorce lawyers threw this question on the table when they gathered last Wednesday at a meeting of the Richmond Metro Family Law Bar Association. Instead of letting these clients drive ...

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