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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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New lawyer hiring flat, salaries hit a plateau (access required)

The good news for new lawyers seeking employment at large law firms is that the market probably will not get worse. The bad news is that it probably will not get better soon. After frantic hiring in the late 1980s ...

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Legal Analysis–Risky Business: Comp lawyers debate actual risk (access required)

A security guard who claimed she injured her leg as she rushed upstairs to the bathroom while on break did not receive workers’ compensation. But a medical employee who claimed she injured her leg as she stepped downstairs while hurrying ...

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Research Box: Actual Risk in Workers' Comp (access required)

The following are summaries of some cases since 1990 in which actual risk was at issue, including ones addressed in the article, “Risky Business: Comp lawyers debate actual risk,” above. The cases that are not summarized are listed by case ...

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Guardians ad litem now must clear CLE hurdle (access required)

Service as a guardian ad litem in Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court is a staple of many family law practices. But even experienced lawyers will not be eligible for GAL appointments after Jan. 1 unless they complete a seven-hour basic ...

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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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Three voluntary bars dispute VSB dues hike (access required)

Three of the four largest statewide voluntary bar groups have a pointed question for the Virginia State Bar: Does the VSB really need to hike lawyers’ bar dues by $65 over the next five years? The trio–the Virginia Bar Association, ...

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VSB rebuts criticisms (access required)

Virginia Lawyers Weekly received a copy of the Virginia State Bar response to the voluntary bars’ criticism at press time last week. On Thursday, VSB Council members were mailed an 11-page memo from President Kathleen O’Brien, President-Elect Michael W. Smith ...

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Suspension of sentence revocable (access required)

Even though a convicted criminal served his time and completed his probation, a trial court can revoke the suspension of a sentence arising out of the same criminal acts if he later commits another crime, the Court of Appeals has ...

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