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Suspended attorney to serve 30 days in plea deal (access required)

A Winchester attorney – currently under impairment suspension – agreed to a plea agreement Dec. 5 calling for 30 days in jail for driving with a suspended license. The plea deal for lawyer Shelly Collette in Winchester Circuit Court included ...

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Feds put hold on investigation of bond security company (access required)

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau agreed to suspend enforcement of a civil investigative demand on an Augusta County company under scrutiny for its nationwide immigrant bond guarantee service. Nexus Services Inc. had sued to halt the CFPB investigation. At a ...

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Lawyer faces bar discipline over exposure incidents (access required)

A lawyer who admitted repeatedly exposing himself to an employee in his office has been censured by regulators in Tennessee and now faces a legal ethics charge in Virginia. Robert P. Starnes, with offices in both Kingsport, Tennessee, and Gate ...

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Attorneys’ stories show sexual harassment remains a problem in law firms (access required)


As Rachel reflects back on the various instances during her legal career in which she’s experienced sexual harassment, she notices a theme. There was the law professor who made inappropriate comments to female students. The night, while she was still ...

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Caseload study recommends added judgeships (access required)


Virginia needs 28 more trial court judges than it currently funds, a caseload study shows. The study, performed at the behest of the General Assembly, says there is a current need for a total of 435 judges in Virginia courthouses. ...

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