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Capital defender to open private practice (access required)

Veteran capital defender Doug Ramseur says he’s leaving public service and opening his own office in Richmond. Ramseur has served 17 years in the state’s capital defender’s offices. Most recently, he has been the capital defender for the central region ...

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Leesburg lawyer disbarred for trust violations (access required)

A Loudoun County attorney admits he misappropriated more than $850,000 from fiduciary accounts, according to a statement he submitted to the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board. J. Christopher Chamblin of Leesburg agreed to revocation of his law license in an ...

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Judge strikes state’s marriage race question (access required)

Marriage License Signing FEA

Despite the state’s effort to avoid the constitutional implications of a Virginia law requiring couples to disclose their race when seeking a marriage license, a federal judge emphatically declared the law unconstitutional in an Oct. 11 ruling. Requiring the betrothed ...

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Revisions could change practices at depositions (access required)


Two proposals now blessed by the Advisory Committee on Rules of Court could affect who sits in at Virginia depositions and what objections are raised during the questioning. One change would establish a pre-set list of those permitted to attend ...

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Eastern Shore solo suspended 2 years (access required)

An Eastern Shore lawyer with a track record of seven disciplinary sanctions in 12 years has received a second license suspension, this one for two years. Paul G. Watson of Eastville has practiced for nearly 24 years, mostly as a ...

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Panel: Time to banish ‘shall’ from Virginia Rules (access required)


The call to eliminate use of the word “shall” in Virginia law is growing louder. The Advisory Committee on Rules of Court has joined the Boyd-Graves Conference in unanimously endorsing removal of the term from the Virginia Rules. Legal commentators ...

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Bar pass rate climbs (access required)

The success rate for those taking the Virginia bar exam this summer was the highest since 2011, the Virginia Board of Bar Examiners reported. Of the 637 who sat for the bar exam in Roanoke in July, 479 or 75.20% ...

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Lawyer convicted of plundering Saslaw campaign chest (access required)


A Fairfax attorney has been convicted by a federal jury of conspiring with his wife to raid $653,000 from the campaign bank account of state Sen. Richard Saslaw. Besides the Saslaw scheme, David H. Miller, 70, also conspired to defraud ...

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