Author Archives: Peter Vieth

High court, 4-3, approves ‘rehabilitated’ med-mal juror (access required)


The Supreme Court of Virginia, by a 4-3 vote, has deferred to a trial judge who allowed a juror to remain trial-eligible, despite the man’s expressed doubts about the fairness of medical malpractice litigation. The decision leaves in place a ...

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Justices hear Morrissey revocation appeal (access required)

Virginia Supreme Court justices listened April 19 as lawyers argued over whether three circuit judges followed proper procedure in revoking the law license of Richmond’s Joe Morrissey. Morrissey was disbarred last year in part for his conduct involving a 2013 ...

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Bar revokes lawyer for ‘lack of a moral compass’ (access required)

Virginia attorney discipline

A lawyer accused of failing to help his clients, lying about a suspicious car crash and making false statements to his client and to a Virginia State Bar investigator has been disbarred. Despite only three complaints of poor legal work, ...

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Justices question sex offender law (access required)

Virginia law requires a more onerous label for some sex offenders if they have been convicted in other states, although the Supreme Court says it cannot discern a reason for the requirement. A recent ruling from the high court suggests ...

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Rules panel proposes dumping the word ‘shall’

The legal community is being asked to weigh in on a plan to ditch the use of the word “shall” in the Virginia Rules of Court. After a Boyd-Graves study last year recommended elimination of “shall” in both the state ...

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Sanctions over expert requires evidence (access required)


A lawyer who was ordered to pay defense costs for identifying a gynecologist expert in what the judge believed was strictly an obstetrical case has had his sanctions overturned by the Supreme Court of Virginia. The decision appears to signal ...

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Online pro bono portal goes statewide

An online service that matches pro bono lawyers with needy clients is now statewide in Virginia, according to legal aid officials. The JusticeServer Pro Bono Portal offers cases from eight legal aid programs across the state, a news release said. ...

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February bar pass rate hits 14-year high (access required)

The pass rate for the February Virginia Bar Exam is the highest since 2005, according to statistics from the Virginia Board of Bar Examiners. Of the 273 applicants who sat for the exam Feb. 26-27 in Norfolk, 171 passed, according ...

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