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Lawyer must check on appeals (access required)

A lawyer who failed to check on appeals pending before the U.S. Supreme Court provided “ineffective assistance of counsel” and his client deserves a new trial, a Newport News federal district judge has ruled. In vacating the conviction, the judge ...

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Job-seekers should consider small, mid-sized law firms (access required)

New lawyers can find jobs at small- and medium-sized firms in Virginia–if they keep an eye on firms that may not hire every year or if they are open to practicing law in smaller communities. Several firms contacted by Virginia ...

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Review Granted: Bottoms up (access required)

This week’s paper includes Supreme Court Review Granted on pages 23 and 24. This feature highlights the cases the Virginia Supreme Court has agreed to hear, including the issues presented. The issues include the following: * Is it in a ...

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Review Granted (access required)

Review Granted identifies recent cases in which the Virginia Supreme Court has granted petitions for appeal. The information provided comes from the successful petition for appeal and, in some instances, from the brief in opposition. Additional information is available from ...

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New Lawyers: Distinguish burnout from job or career dissatisfaction (access required)

by Deborah L. Arron In the last six months have you noticed that: * You tire more easily? * You feel fatigued rather than energetic? * People are telling you that you’re looking tired or “not so good”? * You’re ...

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1995 Automotive Guide (access required)

When Alexandria attorney Robert L. Montague III goes for a Sunday drive, he motors in style behind the wheel of a 1922 Leland-built Lincoln. For Norfolk lawyer Richard J. Tavss, a Sunday drive means a jaunt in a sleek black ...

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Final standards for qualifying guardians ad litem (access required)

The following are final standards that will apply to guardians ad litem appointed by Virginia courts to represent children beginning Jan. 1, 1995. The Judicial Council of Virginia, in conjunction with the Virginia State Bar and the Virginia Bar Association, ...

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Defense Practice–Tip: Plugging holes in your "rainmaker bucket" (access required)

Defense firms who want to build good relations with their insurance clients–and outrun the competition–should keep an eye on service. All law firms talk the same talk–but they don’t all walk the same walk, said Kevin M. Quinley, CPCU, vice ...

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New Lawyers: Adjusting to the five phases of every legal career (access required)

Most legal careers tend to run in the following predictable phases, each one of which presents distinct lessons and challenges: Orientation: You figure out the rules of the game. Challenge: You prove your competence. Establishment: You climb the ladder. Cruising: ...

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Ch. 13 stay violated by bank freeze (access required)

A bank that placed an “administrative freeze” on a debtor’s checking account violated the automatic stay in bankruptcy and must pay the debtor punitive damages, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled in a case of first impression. ...

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