Author Archives: Peter Vieth

‘Justice reform’ bills expected as Dems take control (access required)


Democrats are eagerly making legislative wish lists as they anticipate their new-found dominance in the halls of state government when the General Assembly convenes Jan. 8. On Nov. 18, Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced his priorities for “a more ...

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Judge rejects mayor’s request to choose lawyer (access required)

Although the mayor of Strasburg – facing fraud charges – qualifies for a court-appointed lawyer, the judge in the case will not let the mayor pick his counsel. Shenandoah County Circuit Judge Kevin C. Black made clear Dec. 4 he ...

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Two-year suspension for lawyer involved in loan modification business (access required)

A Midlothian attorney has lost his law license for two years after he allegedly allowed a Virginia Beach loan modification business to use his name while abdicating oversight to a non-lawyer partner. Evidence showed the mortgage assistance business immediately banked ...

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Special judge elections unlikely (access required)

Even with a Court of Appeals seat in play, the lame-duck, GOP-controlled General Assembly is not expected to reassemble at the state capitol to elect judges before Democrats take over. Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment, R-James City, and other Republican ...

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‘Piggyback’ appeals nixed in new rule (access required)


Despite some local customs and contrary advice from the court’s own rules advisors, the Supreme Court of Virginia says one party’s appeal from general district court will not bring all other claims and issues before the circuit court. Effective Jan. ...

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Five deemed ‘highly qualified’ for federal judgeship (access required)


A Virginia State Bar evaluation panel has recommended five candidates as highly qualified to succeed retiring Norfolk U.S. District Judge Rebecca Beach Smith. The VSB Judicial Candidate Evaluation Committee interviewed the candidates Oct. 11. The VSB forwarded the evaluation report ...

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LeClairRyan staffer’s discrimination suit is settled (access required)

A former employee at the now-bankrupt LeClairRyan law firm has settled her gender pay discrimination claim, a court order says. The deal calls for settlement by a contract staffing company and dismissal of LeClairRyan PLLC, the Nov. 22 order says. ...

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Rockingham prosecutors to handle economic development case (access required)

The Rockingham County commonwealth’s attorney’s office will take over the prosecution of five people charged in connection with the loss of millions from a Front Royal economic development office. Both the interim Warren County commonwealth’s attorney and his newly elected ...

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