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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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Lawyers seek restraining order to delay execution

(AP) Lawyers for a condemned Virginia inmate have filed an emergency motion for a restraining order to stay the execution, which is scheduled for next month. Court documents show that attorneys for Ricky Gray filed motions for a temporary restraining ...

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Heroin dealer gets 8 years after being linked to 6 overdoses

NORFOLK (AP) A Norfolk man has been sentenced to more than eight years in prison for conspiring to distribute heroin that was linked to six overdoses. The local U.S. attorney’s office said in a statement that 33-year-old Lamar Sinclair was ...

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Police social media rules deemed unconstitutional

PETERSBURG (AP) A federal appeals court says a Virginia police department’s policy barring employees from criticizing the department on social media is unconstitutional. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that the Petersburg Police Department’s social media policy ...

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DuPont to pay $50M over mercury-contaminated Virginia rivers

(AP) Chemical giant DuPont will pay more than $50 million but admit no fault under a proposed environmental settlement after releasing toxic mercury for decades that made its way into Shenandoah Valley waterways, state and federal officials announced Thursday. The ...

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