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Federal jury convicts investment advisor

(AP) A former University of Virginia football player has been convicted of running a $10 million fraud scheme that victimized more than 50 investors. A federal jury in Richmond on Thursday convicted 36-year-old Merrill Robertson of Chesterfield on 15 fraud-related ...

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Comments sought on remote MCLE courses

The Virginia State Bar Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Board is seeking comment on proposed changes in guidance regarding the standards for MCLE courses presented remotely. The proposed changes to Opinion 16 are intended to clarify the standards for approval of ...

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JIRC seeks to block Pomrenke subpoena (access required)

Virginia’s judicial discipline agency is asking a federal judge to reverse an order allowing prosecutors to access the agency’s records for a contempt case against a state judge. Represented by the state attorney general’s office, the Judicial Inquiry and Review ...

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Legal challenge to abortion regulations can proceed

(AP) A judge has ruled that a legal challenge over the way Virginia did away with restrictive regulations for abortion centers can proceed. Henrico Circuit Judge John Marshall ruled Monday that two of the four plaintiffs are affected by the ...

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Violence in Charlottesville leads to soul-searching at ACLU

NEW YORK (AP) Faced with an angry backlash for defending white supremacists’ right to march in Charlottesville, the American Civil Liberties Union is confronting a feeling among some of its members that was once considered heresy: Maybe some speech isn’t ...

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Lawyer ‘heroes’ honored for online legal help

Eight Virginia lawyers have been honored as “Pro Bono Heroes” for their work providing free online answers to legal questions posed by needy Virginians. Their service was made possible by the one-year-old program known as Virginia.freelegalanswers.org. The website connects lawyers ...

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Family settles suit against Perdue, trucking firm over crash

CAPE CHARLES (AP) A family has settled a lawsuit against Perdue Farms and a trucking company over the death of an off-duty sheriff’s deputy whose farm tractor was struck by a semi-truck carrying chicken. The Virginian-Pilot reported Tuesday that the suit ...

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Attorney: Child cruelty case against lawmaker to be dropped

SUFFOLK (AP) An attorney says prosecutors will drop domestic violence charges against a state lawmaker. A trial was scheduled to begin Wednesday for Del. Rick Morris. The 48-year-old was accused of harming his stepson at home last year. Charges filed ...

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Scholarship to honor Grey

Hunton & Williams is creating a scholarship – named after Richmond attorney Robert Grey – to encourage students of diverse backgrounds to pursue legal careers. The firm’s scholarship was announced August 11 at the 100th anniversary celebration of the American Bar ...

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Protection Fund pays $66K to victims of dishonest lawyers (access required)

The Virginia State Bar program that reimburses victims of dishonest lawyers has awarded $66,392.99 in a recent round of payment approvals. Of that amount, $55,281.24 is being paid to victims of former Woodbridge attorney Jean Jerome Dandy Ngando Ekwalla. One ...

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