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JLARC survey asks VSB members what is essential (access required)

As part of its year-long review of the Virginia State Bar, the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission has asked Virginia lawyers what VSB activities are “essential.” In July JLARC sent out a thousand surveys to a random sample of ...

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Smith vows to listen to the bar (access required)

Virginia State Bar President Michael W. Smith is no wallflower. He works the room at a bar meeting with easy bonhomie, greeting those he meets with a quick quip and a pat on the back. He is known for his ...

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Public hearing on rehab alimony generates steam (access required)

Virginia should adopt rehabilitative alimony, which is spousal support for a limited duration, said a majority of speakers at a public hearing before a Virginia State Bar committee. The hearing was held Aug. 17 in Richmond. Eight speakers addressed the ...

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Going slowly and weaving justify stop (access required)

A police officer can stop a driver who was weaving and going slowly, the Virginia Court of Appeals has ruled in a case of first impression. Because the investigatory stop was permissible, the court upheld the defendant’s conviction for driving ...

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Creditor status won't bar shareholder from Ch. 7 vote (access required)

A shareholder lost his right to object to a corporation’s bankruptcy by waiting a year, a federal judge in Norfolk has ruled. The case makes clear the right of a shareholder to vote on a corporation’s bankruptcy, even if he ...

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Jones tapped for judgeship (access required)

Bristol attorney James P. Jones has been recommended for an upcoming vacancy on the federal bench in Virginia’s Western District. Sen. Charles S. Robb, D-Va., sent Jones’ name to President Clinton last week to succeed U.S. District Judge James H. ...

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ERISA doesn't trump state worker's comp (access required)

A company cannot use a qualified ERISA plan to avoid maintaining separate Virginia workers’ compensation protection, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled. The court rejected the argument that the federal ERISA statute preempted state workers’ compensation statutes ...

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Adoption more "final" under new law (access required)

Changes to Virginia’s adoption law promise to make the legal process swifter and more certain when birth parents give their child up for adoption to new parents. The changes were recommended by a legislative subcommittee that studied Virginia’s adoption laws ...

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Va. Beach lawyers volunteer to thwart abuse (access required)

On Friday mornings, the Virginia Beach Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court looks like a bus terminal with many people filing through. But unlike people at most bus stations, these people are likely to have black eyes, bruises and broken spirits, ...

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Charm for hire: P.I. gets the goods for lawyers (access required)

As a private investigator, Renee Armbruster of Virginia Beach has “the gift.” It’s not the gift for coercing, threatening or using seduction on the job, though she may have resorted to these tactics. What Armbruster has is the gift for ...

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