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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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Letter to the Editor: Real change involves business-building skills

Dear Editor: In reference to “Culture Change Needed,” VLW, Sept. 11: It is sad that so many good and skilled lawyers find the practice of law so stress­ful that their very health is adversely af­fected. I strongly encourage everyone to ...

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McGuireWoods receives pro bono award

The Virginia State Bar Access to Legal Services Committee has awarded McGuireWoods LLP the 2017 Frankie Muse Freeman Organizational Pro Bono Award, which is named for the first woman appointed to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. McGuireWoods attorneys have donated ...

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Lawyer suspended until 2024 (access required)

A lawyer discipline panel has tacked on an additional five years to a prior three-year suspension for a Reston attorney who allegedly made a false statement to a judge. The Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board said bar prosecutors had proven ...

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Victims’ fund pays out $5.2 million

(AP) A Virginia fund for victims of crime reported paying $5.2 million during the last fiscal year. The new report sent to the governor and lawmakers shows the Virginia Victims Fund’s biggest expense was for funeral expenses, which are capped ...

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Supreme Court upholds bar on electric rate review

(AP) The Supreme Court of Virginia has upheld a law temporarily banning state regulators from adjusting a portion of electric rates. The court ruled 6-1 Thursday that the 2015 law was constitutional. A group of large industrial electric customers and advocates ...

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Man sentenced in 1975 girls’ murder case that alarmed region

BEDFORD (AP) It was an innocent time in a safe place, where parents didn’t think twice about letting their kids walk to the local shopping mall. All that changed the day the Lyon sisters disappeared. A sense of security was ...

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