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VSB rebuts criticisms (access required)

Virginia Lawyers Weekly received a copy of the Virginia State Bar response to the voluntary bars’ criticism at press time last week. On Thursday, VSB Council members were mailed an 11-page memo from President Kathleen O’Brien, President-Elect Michael W. Smith ...

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Suspension of sentence revocable (access required)

Even though a convicted criminal served his time and completed his probation, a trial court can revoke the suspension of a sentence arising out of the same criminal acts if he later commits another crime, the Court of Appeals has ...

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Mediation ethics proposed (access required)

Ethics for lawyers acting as mediators would be covered for the first time in the Virginia Code of Professional Responsibility in a draft revision of the code to be presented to the Virginia State Bar Council this week. The new ...

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Alternatives offered (access required)

Some respondents had suggestions for different ways to spend the money generated from IOLTA interest. Several suggested using IOLTA money to improve protection for the public. One suggested buying fidelity insurance to protect clients from “bar thieves.” “Charity begins at ...

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Program impacts banking relationships (access required)

Much of the commentary among fax poll responses centered on attorneys’ relationships with their banks. Of course, banks are the repositories of attorneys’ accounts, be they IOLTA catch-all accounts, accounts ear-marked for individual clients or general operating accounts. Banks also ...

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