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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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Pulling The Plug On On-Line Land Records? (access required)

Fairfax real estate lawyer Thomas F. Digges remembers the first night he had Internet access to the county’s land records. It was about 8 p.m., and he was in his office working on a closing. A question of title came ...

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Judge Shopping? Or Lawyers Just Doing Their Job? (access required)

Selecting a judge, say most lawyers, is just another part of serving their clients. Indeed, lawyers say they have a duty to find the most favorable setting for their clients. Judges, however, bristle at the practice. In their view, “judge-shopping” ...

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Politics Part Of Judicial Selection, Senate Chair Says (access required)

Where were all the judges at the Virginia State Bar meeting? Packed into a program on Judicial Independence and the Judicial Reappointment Process, sponsored by the Virginia Women Attorneys Association. The June 19 program, with current and former chairs of ...

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Scenes From The VSB Annual Meeting (access required)

Editor’s Note: Rain. Lots of clouds. More rain. Virginia’s May and June weather pattern held true during much of the Virginia State Bar Annual Meeting June 18-21 at Virginia Beach. A torrent on Thursday afternoon chased the cocktail party on ...

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Dahnk: A Different Kind Of VSB Leader (access required)

It was a splendid day in Fredericksburg on May 19. Sunlight beckoned from the large windows of the Glover & Dahnk law firm on Princess Anne Street. “It’s a Hollywood day. It never looks like this,” said Jean P. “Jeannie” ...

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Top ?Young Lawyer' Gives Back To Community (access required)

VIRGINIA BEACH—For most young big-firm associates, the dual demands of the years-long effort to make partner while raising a family are plenty; few can carve out large chunks of time to pursue demanding volunteer work. Richard H. Ottinger, however, has ...

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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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Patrick Is 2003's Legal Aid Lawyer Of The Year (access required)

VIRGINIA BEACH—Lynchburg lawyer Renae Reed Patrick received the 12th annual Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year at the Legal Aid & Pro Bono Luncheon held as part of the Virginia State Bar Annual Meeting June 20. Patrick currently serves as ...

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