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Georgetown’s Wendy Perdue is new UR law dean

The University of Richmond has named Georgetown Law Center assistant dean Wendy Perdue as dean of the UR law school, to succeed John Douglass who is stepping down to return full time to the classroom. “She was the clear first ...

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Assembly funds judgeships

The General Assembly recessed tonight until April 4 after approving a budget that includes money to fill 21 judgeships that the legislature froze in its 2010 session. The legislature also rejected the proposal of Gov. Robert F. McDonnell that it ...

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Most judicial vacancies, VSB budget restored

The initial word from the Senate Finance Committee staff is that House and Senate budget conferees have agreed to appropriate $3.72 million to fill judicial vacancies, to leave the Virginia State Bar budget intact and to fund the state’s drug ...

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Lawyer’s former girlfriend loots trust account

Salem lawyer Greg Phillips fell victim to a larcenous ex-girlfriend, according to federal authorities. Rebekkah Ferrell of Roanoke pleaded guilty Wednesday to bank fraud charges that could land her in prison for up to 30 years. After leaving a job ...

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VSB seeks comment on Morrissey reinstatement

The Virginia State Bar wants to know what you think about the fitness of Del. Joe Morrissey, D-Henrico, to practice law. Morrissey has petitioned the VSB to restore his license, which was revoked in April 2003, and a hearing on ...

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Mandatory IOLTA effort stalls

Proponents of reinstating mandatory IOLTA as a tool to raise money for legal aid appear to have stumbled at the first step. The Supreme Court of Virginia approved mandatory IOLTA, the acronym for Interest on Lawyers’ Trust Accounts, on a ...

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SCC now allows filing of UCC forms online

The State Corporation Commission is again beefing up its online capabilities, now giving commercial lenders and others the option of filing UCC financing statements through its website. A news release says the SCC’s “eFile” site allows electronic submission of UCC-1 ...

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Federal Judge Williams dies

Senior U.S. District Judge Richard L. Williams, a founder of what is now McGuireWoods LLP and a federal judge for more than 30 years, died at his home on Feb. 19. He was 87. A native of Morrisville, Judge Williams ...

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Vandeventer Black goes coast to coast

Norfolk-based Vandeventer Black LLP has opened a two-lawyer office in Pasadena, Calif. Managing partner William E. Franczek said the firm has a major client on the East Coast that also has a West Coast operation and opened the office as ...

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Meath takes helm at Williams Mullen

James V. Meath, a partner in the Richmond office of Williams Mullen, was elected chairman by the firm’s board of directors yesterday. He succeeds Julious P. Smith Jr., who has become chairman emeritus. Meath served as chair of the Williams ...

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