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Bar suspends Collins’ license (access required)

The Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board has summarily suspended the law license of a Southwest Virginia attorney who pleaded guilty to four drug-related charges in May. The Dec. 26 suspension, effective Jan. 6, came in the case of R. Stuart ...

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State lawmaker introduces mental health bills

(AP) — A Montgomery County lawmaker has proposed changes to Virginia’s laws on holding people involuntarily for evaluation and treatment in psychiatric emergencies. According to The Richmond Times-Dispatch, Republican Del. Joseph Yost has introduced bills to lengthen the deadlines of orders ...

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Raphael, Kneedler tapped for AG team

Attorney general-elect Mark Herring has picked McLean lawyer Stuart A. Raphael and Richmond lawyer H. Lane Kneedler III to serve as senior officials in his office. Raphael, currently with the litigation team of Hunton & Williams LLP, will serve as ...

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Bar suspends Blacksburg lawyer

The Virginia State Bar moved swiftly to suspend the law license of a Blacksburg lawyer who was found not guilty by reason of insanity of drug and gun charges this month. The action against lawyer Joseph G. Painter Jr. came ...

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Officials plan for new reciprocity rules

With new rules coming to govern out-of-state lawyers seeking to practice in Virginia without taking the bar exam, the state Supreme Court and bar leaders are fine tuning the details. The Supreme Court of Virginia has issued a new set ...

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Informant details need not be disclosed, AG says (access required)

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli says prosecutors ordinarily need not reveal personal details about confidential informants as part of criminal discovery. The official attorney general’s opinion dated Dec. 13 came in response to an inquiry from Gloucester County Commonwealth’s Attorney Holly ...

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Hudson named chief deputy AG

(AP) — Virginia Attorney General-elect Mark Herring says Hampton city attorney Cynthia Hudson will serve as his chief deputy once he takes office on Jan. 11. Officials said Thursday that Hudson will oversee day-to-day legal operations of the attorney general’s office ...

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