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Errant hunter could use perception expert (access required)

A hunter who mistook another hunter for a turkey and shot him may be permitted to use a psychologist as an expert witness during his retrial on manslaughter charges, the Court of Appeals has ruled. The psychologist would explain the ...

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Guide to New Statutes (access required)

Administrative Annual reports from agencies. Places a two-year moratorium on the general publication and distribution of annual reports of any agency receiving any funds from the state budget. However, the bill does not prohibit any such agency from making information ...

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Misrepresentations result in dismissal of lawsuit (access required)

A Newport News federal judge has applied the ultimate sanction to a plaintiff’s lawsuit: He dismissed a case with prejudice because he found the plaintiff misrepresented his financial background and mental health to the court. And in a second case ...

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O'Brien prepares for new challenge (access required)

While Virginia State Bar Past President Kathleen O’Brien is leaving one job, she will take up another on July 1 when she becomes her firm’s first managing partner. Until now, her firm in McLean has not had a managing partner, ...

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Notes from the Virginia State Bar Council… (access required)

270K voted to client protection fund VIRGINIA BEACH–Ethics complaints against lawyers are down, but the Virginia State Bar Council has voted to bolster the fund set up to compensate client victims, in the form of a $270,000 transfusion to the ...

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JLARCs flock to Beach (access required)

The legislative study group examining the VSB was conspicuous at this year’s meeting. Susan Massart, who is leading the working group from the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission, attended the Executive Committee and Bar Council meetings on June 14. ...

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Fahey challenged, but gains Council seat (access required)

Although the VSB Council sometimes discusses some obscure topics, rarely does the Code of Federal Regulations come up. But an addition to the CFR posed a problem in electing U.S. Attorney Helen Fahey to an at-large seat on the council, ...

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Kids nix justice pix, deal for new flick clicks (access required)

Envision a scene from “The Player.” The pitch: Remake a classic legal film, but update it to reach a younger, contemporary audience. Like Inherit the Wind meets The Pelican Brief. Executives sit around a table, trying to decide whether to ...

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Scenes from the VSB meeting at the Beach… (access required)

Under siege? The Virginia State Bar staff may have felt a bit under fire, with the JLARC investigators shadowing them at the annual meeting at the Beach. The very meeting itself has been attacked by some as unnecessary and inappropriate ...

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Lawyers, bar groups honored by VSB (access required)

The Virginia State Bar Annual Meeting always features a number of awards to top lawyers and bar associations. Below are some of the winners. Richmond’s Baer top G.P. Richmond attorney Tommy P. Baer received the 9th annual Tradition of Excellence ...

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