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No green light to ‘ghostwrite’

The Virginia State Bar may have softened its stance on lawyers “ghostwriting” pleadings for pro se litigants, but a new judicial opinion reminds lawyers to back away from the keyboard if the litigant is in federal court. In fact, Legal ...

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Norfolk lawyers to vote on new Bar Council rep (access required)

The General Assembly’s selection last week of Norfolk lawyer David W. Lanetti for a circuit judgeship will leave a vacancy on the Virginia State Bar Council. Norfolk lawyers will vote on a new bar representative in conjunction with the statewide ...

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Virginia law schools hit job-satisfaction hot list

Three Virginia law schools made a new ranking of how well law schools prepare their students to do the heavy lifting in the biggest law firms. As classes just got underway in Virginia’s eight law schools, it’s worth taking a ...

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No PACER data dump for 4th Circuit

PACER users looking for 4th Circuit cases don’t need to worry about losing court records, according to Patricia S. Connor, Clerk of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. “We are not affected,” Connor said, by the data conversion process that has ...

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Good-faith exception saves GPS search

A police officer’s warrantless attachment of a GPS tracking device — just months before the U.S. Supreme Court said “get a warrant” — passed muster because the officer acted in good faith, a split panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of ...

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Wife could earn income, her expert said

A former child psychiatrist may see her $3,000 monthly spousal support adjusted on remand, based on the divorce judge’s failure to impute income to her, in an Aug. 5 decision by the Virginia Court of Appeals. The twist in Campbell ...

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Keeping it discreet during voir dire

Lawyers who want to look up prospective jurors online during voir dire may want to be discreet. Or just close the laptop, if they already know the judge has banned the online look. Most judges do not know whether attorneys ...

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More clients saying no to online research bills (access required)

Law firms are seeing a lot less success in getting clients to pay separately for online legal research, even as costs keep going up, according to a new survey of firm law library operations. In 2013, one-third of responding law ...

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Getting your jury on board

It’s no secret that jury trials are on the wane. Last year, Virginia trial judges swore in 732 juries in civil cases, down from 764 in 2012. If you’re a trial judge greeting a new venire, or a trial lawyer ...

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