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Author Archives: Peter Vieth

Mandatory IOLTA adopted to support legal aid

Hands joined together -- teamwork concept

After 27 years, Virginia again will require lawyers to participate in the program that funnels interest on lawyer trust accounts, or IOLTA, to legal aid offices. The program has been voluntary since 1995, but becomes mandatory July 1 under a ...

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Drivers to get full benefit of UIM coverage

Starting next year, most Virginia drivers will have access to the full amount of their underinsured motorist coverage, regardless of the amount of liability insurance available from another driver. The General Assembly approved a change that as of July 2023 ...

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Unfinished business: Assembly departs without filling Supreme Court seats

Virginia General Assembly

The Virginia General Assembly ended its regular 2022 session on March 12 without electing judges to fill two openings on the Supreme Court of Virginia. Legislators did elect 30 trial court judges late in the session. They also clashed over ...

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United front defeats bar discipline overhaul

Several Virginia bar organizations spoke as one this month to help block a proposal to turn lawyer discipline decisions over to a General Assembly-appointed commission. A bill to create an independent “jury” to hear lawyer ethics complaints foundered when six ...

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Plan would allow bar exam before graduation

The Virginia Board of Bar Examiners says law students should be able to sit for the bar exam in their last semester of law school. The change would give debt-saddled students a head start on earning an income after graduation, ...

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