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Breaking away: starting your own shop (access required)

You’re staring out the window, thinking about the big verdict you won last week. You won’t get the proceeds–just your regular paycheck. You think of the Jaguar your supervising partner drives, and of your seven-year-old Chevy. Last week, you wanted ...

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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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Haddon overruled (access required)

The much-maligned Haddon case is dead. A new case, Lichtman v. Knouf (VLW 094-6-076), has overruled a decision that employment lawyers and workers’ compensation attorneys have railed at for years. In Haddon v. Metropolitan Life Ins. Co., 239 Va. 397 ...

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