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Draft LEO calls plea bargain waiver unethical

A type of plea agreement familiar to Virginia federal prosecutors is unethical, according to a draft legal ethics opinion from the Virginia State Bar’s Committee on Legal Ethics. The plea agreement at issue requires a criminal defendant to give up ...

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What a law office looks like after a tornado

Here is a photo item – a picture taken by Karen Elshout, a photographer with our St. Louis-based sister operation, Missouri Lawyers Media. Karen traveled to Joplin, site of a killer tornado earlier this week. Using a GPS, she located ...

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Jim Roberts to retire

Prominent Richmond lawyer James C. Roberts has announced he will retire at the end of the year, ending a career noted for his skillful defense of corporations and politicians and his leadership in the bar. Roberts, 79, is a partner ...

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Lawyers on a two-track system at some firms

One sign of the times is a new class of lawyers at some large law firms – with fewer hours, lower pay and no chance of making partner. As The New York Times reports, it’s a viable option for many ...

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NLRB charges illegal firing for Facebook posts

The National Labor Relations Board has issued a complaint charging a New York nonprofit group with illegally terminating five employees who posted Facebook comments critical of the group, which provides social services to low-income clients. The online comments criticized working conditions at Hispanics ...

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Goddard named ‘Influential Woman of the Year’

Anne Lynam Goddard of ChildFund International was named the “Influential Woman of the Year” today at a gala luncheon in Richmond. Goddard and 46 other leaders were honored as the Class of 2011 in the “Influential Women of Virginia” awards ...

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Boucher joins Sidley in DC

Former Rep. Rick Boucher of Abingdon has joined Sidley Austin’s Washington office to lead the firm’s new government strategies practice group. The Democrat represented southwest Virginia’s 9th District in Congress for 28 years. He was defeated by Republican Morgan Griffith ...

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Appomattox’s Abbitt to retire

Del. Watkins M. Abbitt Jr. of Appomattox, one of two independents in the House of Delegates, is retiring after 25 years in the General Assembly. Abbitt, 66, is a member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee and serves as chairman ...

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Cleaveland will not run again for House

Del. William Cleaveland, R-Botetourt County, today announced he will step aside after one term in the House of Delegates, citing family concerns and his private law practice. Cleaveland’s announcement was met with disappointment from fellow lawyers and legislators at a ...

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