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Bar sets December hearing for ex-lawyer’s reinstatement bid

The Virginia State Bar is asking for comment on a disbarred Virginia lawyer’s request to rejoin the bar. Anne Marston Lynch Wilbur agreed to revocation of her license in 2009 after admitting that she stole $40,000 from her church. Lynch ...

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Ishida named top administrator for 4th Circuit (access required)

A new administrative chief starts next month at the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. James N. Ishida has been hired as the circuit executive for the Fourth Circuit. He currently is appellate court administrator with the Utah Administrative Office ...

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VSB moves to extend client protection assessment

Virginia State Bar leaders hope to extend the bar’s authority to collect lawyers’ assessments for the Clients’ Protection Fund. The bar now assesses every Virginia lawyer $25 a year to support the fund that reimburses clients and others victimized by ...

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State files consumer protection suit against tax relief service (access required)

A Northern Virginia-based tax relief service that came under scrutiny by the Virginia State Bar now is facing a lawsuit alleging violations of the Virginia Consumer Protection Act. The Virginia attorney general’s office filed suit Sept. 13 against Wall & ...

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Prosecutor: No charges in Haymarket police shooting

McLEAN (AP) A Virginia police officer was justified in fatally shooting a 15-year-old boy who was advancing at him with a crowbar, a prosecutor ruled Tuesday. Police on Tuesday identified the teen who was shot and killed Friday as Ruben ...

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Pomrenke off the bench after contempt conviction (access required)

Bristol Juvenile & Domestic Relations Judge Kurt J. Pomrenke is not sitting on the bench following his federal conviction last week of criminal contempt of court. Pomrenke was found to have willfully violated a nondisclosure order in connection with federal ...

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ADR symposium is Sept. 25

The Virginia State Bar/Virginia Bar Association Joint ADR Committee will be hosting “A Place at the Table: a Symposium on Attracting 21st Century Clients and Efficiently Solving their Problems” in Richmond on Monday. The symposium agenda will explore how ADR fits in ...

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Lawyer facing priority ethics hearing accepts suspension (access required)

A Winchester lawyer accused of disrupting courts through missed court dates and late appearances has agreed to an indefinite suspension on the basis of impairment. The Virginia State Bar had petitioned for an expedited hearing on charges against Shelly R. ...

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Drug treatment court launches in Virginia Beach (access required)

The latest drug court docket in the state is ready to debut in Virginia Beach. The drug treatment court screening process began June 1 and the program will start as soon as suitable defendants are recommended and agree to participate, ...

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UVa names Harvard education dean as its new president

(AP) James E. Ryan, a Harvard dean known for his writing on racial inequality in public education, was named Friday as the next president of the University of Virginia. Ryan, dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, will succeed ...

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