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Draft LEO sparks uproar (access required)

A Virginia State Bar draft Legal Ethics Opinion intended as a restatement of rules surrounding attorney-owned title insurance companies is proving controversial. The draft advisory opinion is creating concern among some real estate attorneys, and the VSB Real Property Section ...

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New ethics goal: 2% for pro bono (access required)

A lawyer should try to give 2 percent of his or her professional time per year to pro bono work, under an amendment to the Code of Professional Responsibility just adopted by the Virginia Supreme Court. If a lawyer bills ...

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VSB health insurance safe…for now (access required)

VIRGINIA BEACH–Attorneys with health, life or disability insurance through programs endorsed by the Virginia State Bar will not lose their coverage any time soon, according to VSB Executive Director Thomas A. Edmonds. The VSB personal insurance programs were first called ...

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Treatises no longer hearsay (access required)

Learned treatises will be admissible under a new statute in Virginia adopting language of the Federal Rules of Evidence. The change takes effect on Friday. Under the current law, expert witnesses cannot read from any learned treatise during direct examination ...

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RESEARCH GUIDE: NEW STATUTES (access required)

This Guide to New Statutes is intended to provide brief descriptions of more than 150 new laws that are likely to have an impact on Virginia attorneys in their legal practices. Each entry includes a title; brief narrative description; original ...

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