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No stigma for needing, accepting help (access required)

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Stigma holds us back; here’s how to beat it. In my line of work as a clinical psychol­ogist, one of the biggest barriers to being able to help lawyers, law students and judges is the stigma that many feel about ...

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Mandatory reporting of pro bono is rejected (access required)

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A proposal to require Virginia lawyers to report each year on their contributions to public legal services has been rejected by the state Supreme Court. The court “declines to impose a mandatory reporting requirement,” stated Chief Justice Donald W. Lemons ...

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Lawyer-landlord fined $5K for bankruptcy stay violation (access required)

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An Alexandria lawyer who pursued collection efforts after a tenant filed for bankruptcy has been hit with $5,000 in punitive damages for what the judge labeled “flagrant violations” of legal protections for debtors. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Kevin R. Huennekens said ...

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Mother’s conviction in son’s drowning death reversed (access required)

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A divided panel of the Court of Ap­peals of Virginia has reversed the felony child neglect conviction of a Pulaski County mother whose 5-year-old son died in a septic tank accident. The 2-1 ruling holds that prosecutors failed to show ...

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