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Assembly gets judges’ sentencing numbers (access required)


When legislators meet Friday, Dec. 12, to interview judges seeking re-election, expect to hear about numbers. The circuit  judges’ compliance rates with Virginia’s voluntary sentencing guidelines, to be exact. Members of the Courts of Justice committees of the Senate and ...

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Robinson wins 3-way VSB election (access required)


Tysons Corner lawyer Michael W. Robinson defeated two other contenders this month to become president-elect of the Virginia State Bar. Robinson was chosen by active bar members during a month-long election that ended Dec. 1. He defeated semi-retired Arlington lawyer ...

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The ins and outs of family leave (access required)


Lawyers often run right up to a deadline before they file a pleading. But dealing with doctor-provided deadlines may require some flexibility, when it comes to planning to take family leave from a law practice. Attorney Anthony Cotton, of Waukesha, ...

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Keeping your balance: Tax consequences of gifts, awards, prizes (access required)

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With the holiday season right around the corner, it is important for both employers and employees to be reminded about the tax consequences of receiving gifts, awards and other prizes. Whether it is a free turkey at Thanksgiving, an award ...

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Prime Rate: Few new law hires score top salary (access required)


The six-figure salary with a desk in a tall, downtown office building is a prize that seems ever more elusive for new law school graduates as the law firm legal market changes. The shrinking pool of high dollar entry-level legal ...

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Wife in contempt for college fund withdrawals (access required)


A wife faces a contempt citation for violating a settlement agreement that required her to “retain” two college savings accounts for her children. She drained one account of over $81,000, prompting the husband to file a show cause petition asserting ...

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Listen for the song in your witness’s head (access required)


You walk into the conference room to start preparing your witness and wonder: What is he or she thinking? What are the expectations and misconceptions? Put another way, what is the song playing in the witness’s head, and what are ...

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