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Justice McClanahan to retire in September (access required)

Virginia Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth A. McClanahan is retiring effective Sept. 1. She disclosed her plan in a Jan. 24 letter to Chief Justice Donald W. Lemons. McClanahan, 59, will have been on the high court for eight years by ...

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Senator pitches sister for possible Supreme Court opening (access required)

Southwest Virginia’s Sen. Ben Chafin is urging fellow Republicans to move his sister – Judge Teresa Chafin – from the Court of Appeals to an anticipated vacancy on the state Supreme Court, sources tell the Richmond Times-Dispatch. The paper said ...

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Lawyer accepts 2-year suspension for litigation lapses (access required)

A Fairfax lawyer has agreed to a two-year license suspension for undermining his clients’ case in a residential renovation contract dispute. The suspension of John Patrick Bond by the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board follows a public reprimand in 2013 ...

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Legal services plan LegalShield seeks deregulation (access required)


A national legal services plan says it’s time for Virginia to end administrative oversight over such programs. Virginia regulates legal services plans as if they were insurance companies. The State Corporation Commission’s Bureau of Insurance enforces laws requiring review of ...

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Disbarred lawyer seeks reinstatement (access required)

A Richmond educator who surrendered her law license 15 years ago in the face of financial lapses in her real estate practice is asking to practice again. The Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board will hear the reinstatement petition of Ann ...

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Hingeley to run for Albemarle commonwealth’s attorney (access required)

Former public defender Jim Hingeley says he is running for Albemarle County commonwealth’s attorney. Hingeley will challenge Republican incumbent Robert Tracci, who was elected in 2015, according to WCAV. Hingeley started the Albemarle-Charlottesville Public Defender Office and served as the ...

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Assembly to consider limited ‘tort reform’ (access required)


Two proposals supported by the Virginia Chamber of Commerce at the General Assembly could offer comfort for businesses involved in litigation – without drawing fire from trial lawyers. One plan would allow summary judgment in business disputes in Virginia courts ...

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Newly elected prosecutor to face quick challenge (access required)

Chesterfield County’s groundbreaking election of Democrat Scott Miles as commonwealth’s attorney last fall has sparked a Republican effort to unseat Miles in this fall’s general election. Henrico County assistant prosecutor Stacey T. Davenport has announced she is running for the ...

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