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Tag Archives: Legal Ethics Opinion

Final VSB LEO has limited ‘Padilla’ duty for prosecutors (access required)

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Virginia prosecutors may have an ethical duty to avoid plea bargains that could lead to defendants’ deportation under new guidance from the Virginia State Bar, but only in limited circumstances. A final VSB legal ethics opinion arising from so-called Padilla ...

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Bar considers break with the past on ghostwriting lawyers (access required)

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Virginia State Bar authorities want to rewrite the advisory guidelines for lawyers who ghostwrite pleadings intended to be filed in court by non-lawyer clients. While ghostwriting has been frowned upon by many judges and ethically allowed only with disclosure of ...

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Criminal discovery panel is working behind closed doors (access required)

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Lawyers looking for signs of progress on criminal discovery reform in Virginia have little to go on now that a Virginia Supreme Court study panel has begun work. Chief Justice Cynthia D. Kinser has admonished the 23 members of a ...

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