Author Archives: Jason Boleman

Three elected to Bar Council

Three legal professionals have been elected to serve on the Virginia State Bar Council after a special election due to council members relocating from their districts. Naveed Kalantar has been elected to represent circuit 2, Matthew R. Foster will represent ...

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Resources available to help address substance abuse in legal community (access required)


In 2016, a landmark study from the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation and the American Bar Association Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs found a troubling trend: Attorneys were more likely than the average person to report problem drinking, anxiety or depression. ...

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VSB seeking public comment on proposed legal ethics opinion

The Virginia State Bar’s Standing Committee on Legal Ethics is seeking public comment on a proposed legal ethics opinion addressing communication between a prosecutor and an alleged victim. The opinion, proposed advisory Legal Ethics Opinion 1895, addresses whether Rule of ...

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Lawmakers ask bar groups to evaluate Supreme Court candidates

Nine statewide bar groups have been asked by the chairs of the Senate Judiciary Committee and the House Courts of Justice Committee to evaluate candidates for a pending Supreme Court of Virginia vacancy. In an Aug. 31 letter, Sen. John ...

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Bailey appointed counsel to the governor

Gov. Ralph Northam has appointed Cynthia V. Bailey as counsel to the governor. Northam announced the appointment via a press release on Sept. 10. Bailey previously served as a deputy attorney general under Mark Herring from 2014 until 2019 and ...

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Ch. 7 trustee sues LeClair, former firm attorneys (access required)

The Chapter 7 bankruptcy trustee overseeing the dissolution of Richmond firm LeClairRyan added claims against firm co-founder Gary LeClair in an amended complaint filed last month in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Filed Aug. 25, ...

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Page to moderate ASL gubernatorial debate

USA Today Washington Bureau Chief Susan Page will moderate the first Virginia gubernatorial debate later this month at the Appalachian School of Law in Grundy, per a release from the school. Page, a veteran journalist, has interviewed the past 10 ...

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Richmond bar foundation earns VSB pro bono award

The Greater Richmond Bar Foundation has been awarded the 2021 Frankie Muse Freeman Organizational Pro Bono Award by the Virginia State Bar Standing Committee on Access to Legal Services. Established in 2016, the annual award recognizes organizations that have made ...

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Firm wins $87M verdict in Roundup case (access required)


A California appeals court has upheld an $87 million verdict earned by a Virginia law firm representing a couple who claimed an ingredient used in Roundup weed killer gave them cancer. In the Aug. 9 published decision from the California ...

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