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News in Brief for Feb. 20, 1995 (access required)

Deadline nears for capital recertification Attorneys wishing to be recertified to defend indigent defendants in capital cases will need to apply by June 1 to be requalified as of July 1. The current list of certified capital counsel includes 221 ...

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Six bars tag Koontz, Taylor and Willett (access required)

If the six largest statewide bar associations have their way, Judge Lawrence L. Koontz of the Virginia Court of Appeals soon will be a justice on the Virginia Supreme Court. The former chief judge of the appellate court was endorsed ...

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Research Box: Deviation from the child-support guidelines (access required)

The following are summaries of cases since 1990 in which a court deviated from the child-support guidelines. Some of these cases are discussed in the article, “Child support: Deviating from guidelines,” starting on page one. The actual opinions can be ...

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Practice Tip: Video helps lawyer settle $1.1M case (access required)

Personal-injury lawyers often hire professionals to make day-in-the-life videos of their clients. These same lawyers are more reluctant, though, to invest time and money for a settlement video. Yet a settlement video recently worked for one lawyer who settled an ...

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Fired workers out of luck? (access required)

Workers claiming employment discrimination gained a big victory last year: The Virginia Supreme Court allowed a plaintiff to bring a state claim for wrongful discharge under the Bowman exception. But a bill working its way through the General Assembly would ...

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News in Brief for Feb. 13, 1995 (access required)

Legislators ease off VSB…mostly Del Glenn. R. Croshaw, D-Va. Beach, has kept his promise to withdraw most of his legislation to limit or study the Virginia State Bar. His promise came in a deal made with VSB officers last month. ...

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Small collections practice not within Fair Debt Act (access required)

A lawyer who handles a small number of collections cases is not subject to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, a federal judge in Lynchburg has ruled. The test for determining whether a lawyer is subject to the restrictions and ...

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Koontz leads 21 vying for 2 court seats (access required)

With General Assembly committees expected to begin interviews in a few days, at least 21 candidates are in the running to fill one vacancy each on the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals. For the high court vacancy, Court ...

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Legal Analysis–Child support: Deviating from guidelines (access required)

When the child-support guidelines first came out, some judges groused about having their discretion hampered. And family lawyers questioned whether the guidelines were flexible enough. But six years later, lawyers find that the guidelines have improved the law in Virginia. ...

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IOLTA would become voluntary (access required)

Mandatory IOLTA in Virginia soon may be dead. The controversial program would be rolled back from mandatory to opt-out status under a bill presently working its way through the General Assembly. The roll-back measure is the fruit of a compromise ...

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