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Legal Ethics (access required)

Nobody wants to think about it, but lawyers need to use defensive strategies to protect themselves from the possibility a client could turn on them. John J. Brandt, a trial lawyer for over 40 years and the Virginia State Bar’s ...

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Practice Management (access required)

If you follow baseball, you know that a “closer” is the pitcher who comes into the game in the ninth inning and secures the win. Having a good closer is not an essential element in having a winning record. But ...

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Making A Motion For Recusal (access required)

A motion for recusal — asking a judge to get off a case — is like dynamite. It is powerful, and you need to handle it carefully. Judges who have been prosecutors before taking the bench are especially sensitive to ...

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Issue Framed By Judicial Canons, Case Law (access required)

The question developing under Virginia’s law on judicial ethics is how big is the umbrella defined by the rule calling for recusal when a judge’s impartiality “might reasonably be questioned.” That is the standard employed under Virginia’s current Canons of ...

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Virginia Venues (access required)

On the surface, Gloucester County shows off much of its distinguished history. It boasts America’s oldest courthouse in continuous use and a handful of Revolutionary-era buildings. And it was home to a few of the most notable events in colonial ...

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Support Guidelines (access required)

Domestic relations lawyers are accustomed to steering a course between art and science, using the art of advocacy to make the most of black-letter law. Now family law practitioners in the metropolitan Richmond area are poised to take a big ...

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Family Law Section Honors Judge Lewis (access required)

VIRGINIA BEACH—Spotsylvania Juvenile & Domestic Relations Judge J. Dean Lewis received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Virginia State Bar’s Family Law Section at the VSB Annual Meeting June 20. Established in 1993, the Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes and honors ...

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DiMuro Looks Back At His Year As VSB Head (access required)

When Alexandria lawyer Bernard J. DiMuro took the oath as Virginia State Bar president last year, one of his goals was to educate the nonlawyers in the General Assembly about judicial independence. A year before, that seemed an academic issue, ...

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