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List of ‘Attorneys Not in Good Standing’ on VSB site

The Virginia State Bar website now has a third button to click to check on the status of an attorney – “Attorneys Not in Good Standing.” That button supplements buttons for “Attorneys Without Malpractice Insurance” and “Disciplined Attorneys.” In most ...

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Solo suspended after use of “& Associates” in firm name (access required)

A Virginia Beach lawyer whose advertising made his solo practice look like a multi-lawyer firm has had his license suspended by a three-judge panel in Virginia Beach Circuit Court. The advertising issue was just one of the transgressions charged against ...

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Discarded devices may impose ethical obligations on attorneys (access required)

A proposed Florida ethics opinion suggests that lawyers have an ethical duty to sanitize their storage devices, including iPhones, Blackberrys, flash drives, laptops and copiers, in order to prevent inadvertent disclosure of confidential client information. Proposed Advisory Opinion 10-2 would ...

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Former Floyd prosecutor reprimanded

The Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board has imposed a public reprimand with terms on former Floyd County Commonwealth’s Attorney Gordon Earl Hannett Jr. The reprimand stemmed from the removal and destruction of three computer hard drives in the prosecutor’s office ...

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LEO addresses plea deal restriction

A prosecutor cannot offer a plea agreement to a defense attorney that makes not disclosing the identity of a witness to the defendant a condition of the deal, according to the Virginia State Bar’s Standing Committee on Legal Ethics. The ...

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