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News inBrief for March 11, 1996 (access required)

VSB Disciplinary Actions The Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board has suspended the law license of Charles F. Roney of Herndon. Roney previously had been suspended, with execution stayed pending a suspension in California. Roney has resigned his California bar membership, ...

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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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Bar to study if discipline is disparate (access required)

The Virginia State Bar will examine whether all lawyers are treated alike in the disciplinary process, regardless of individual factors such as race, gender, firm size or location. This study follows one of the recommendations from the 1995 audit of ...

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Prosecutor's 'laziness' prompts fine, new trial (access required)

A prosecutor who was “grossly negligent” in failing to search his files and turn over exculpatory evidence in a murder case can be slapped with a monetary sanction, the Virginia Court of Appeals has ruled. A Fairfax trial judge imposed ...

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Assembly, court dodge 'day' issue (access required)

The Virginia Supreme Court has declined to enter the fray over what is a “day.” And the General Assembly has followed suit. Family lawyers and non-custodial parents who have denounced the Court of Appeals’ rule that a “day” is “a ...

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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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