Author Archives: Peter Vieth

Supreme Court approves changes to outsourcing guidance (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia has approved an amended version of a legal ethics opinion to guide lawyers in outsourcing of legal services. The revised version of LEO 1850 emphasizes that a lawyer who outsources work without direct supervision must ...

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Judge Perdue steps down for health reasons

Franklin County Circuit Judge Clyde H. Perdue Jr. has retired from the bench citing health reasons. Perdue, 66, stepped down effective Jan. 8, The Roanoke Times reported. Perdue took office Jan. 1, 2015, filling the vacancy created by the retirement ...

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Lawyer agrees to disbarment, kept client in the dark (access required)

A Northern Virginia consumer lawyer has consented to license revocation more than four years after he was sanctioned by a federal judge for keeping a client in the dark and prolonging litigation. Ernest P. Francis rejected two settlement offers without ...

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Pomrenke surrenders bar license (access required)

Former Bristol juvenile and domestic relations judge Kurt Pomrenke has agreed to disbarment following a second federal conviction in connection with his wife’s legal troubles. Pomrenke admitted in VSB documents he helped his wife get into a treatment program that ...

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Justice reform 2021: Assembly poised to erase mandatory minimums (access required)


When the 2021 Virginia General Assembly opens on Jan. 13, criminal justice reform, a major issue in last year’s session, will be back front and center. A group of progressive Virginia prosecutors has united behind a five-point agenda for the ...

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VSB president condemns Washington violence

Virginia State Bar President Brian L. Buniva invoked the rule of law in calling for condemnation of the violent takeover of the U.S. Capitol Jan. 6. “The rule of law is not an abstraction. The observance of the rule of law ...

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Candidate apologizes, settles with Cavedo in defamation suit (access required)

A former candidate for one of Virginia’s U.S. Senate seats has settled with Richmond Circuit Judge Bradley B. Cavedo over the candidate’s labeling Cavedo as racist. Daniel M. Gade criticized Cavedo during an Oct. 3 debate with incumbent Sen. Mark ...

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