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Judicial guidance panel gets new member (access required)

A retired circuit court clerk is the newest member of the Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee. The committee – revived last year after a seven-year dormant period – issues advisory opinions on judicial ethics questions posed by judges and others who ...

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Man charged with 3rd DUI in fatal wreck

CHESTERFIELD (AP) An Emporia man has been accused of driving under the influence for a third time following a crash that killed another driver in Chesterfield County earlier this week. News outlets report that 46-year-old Alonza Jefferson Jr., of Midlothian, ...

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Changes approved for reciprocal discipline (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia has approved changes in the way lawyers can be disciplined in Virginia based on misconduct findings in other states or other courts. A revamp of reciprocal discipline rules took several tries by Virginia State Bar ...

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Prosecutor creates ‘DUI Team’

Virginia Beach Commonwealth’s Attorney Colin D. Stolle says he will form a specialized DUI Prosecution Team at his office. Effective Jan. 3, all DUI cases and traffic felonies will be prosecuted by this specialized team, made up of five prosecutors ...

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Supervising lawyer now has duty to intervene with impaired colleague (access required)

The supervising lawyer at a law firm now has a duty to intervene when another lawyer in the firm becomes impaired, under a Legal Ethics Opinion just approved by the Supreme Court of Virginia. Supervising lawyers are duty-bound to protect ...

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US attorney for Western District resigning

ROANOKE (AP) The top prosecutor for the Western District of Virginia will step down before Republican President-Elect Donald Trump takes office next month, the U.S. attorney said Tuesday. U.S. Attorney John P. Fishwick Jr. says he will resign effective Jan. ...

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UVa administrator urges judge to keep Rolling Stone verdict

RICHMOND (AP) Attorneys for a University of Virginia administrator are urging a federal judge not to overturn a jury’s verdict against Rolling Stone magazine for its botched story “A Rape on Campus.” Lawyers for Nicole Eramo say in court documents ...

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PWC bar endorses judge candidates (access required)

Prince William County lawyers have voted on endorsements for a circuit court vacancy and potential district court openings. The Prince William County Bar Association made its choices known in a Dec. 14 letter directed to Gov. Terry McAuliffe. Judge Lon ...

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ANLIR premium refunds may elude lawyers (access required)

Lawyers once insured by the defunct ANLIR company may have some money coming to them, but they could miss out if their addresses have changed in the last decade or so. A receiver for the one-time malpractice insurer known as ...

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Assembly to consider changes in lawyer discipline (access required)

A plan to eliminate a short-cut for launching lawyer discipline cases will be considered by the Virginia General Assembly. A bill introduced by Senate Majority leader Thomas K. Norment Jr. would carry out recommendations of a bar committee to drop ...

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