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A tale of two tests: Bar pass rate rebounds (access required)


2018 was a tale of two bar exams. While February saw Virginia bar exam takers pass at the lowest rate since 2009, July test-takers passed at the highest rate since 2013. July’s results also show an increase in the state’s ...

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Lawyer suspended, faces discipline for child porn plea (access required)

A Fairfax lawyer who briefly represented the chief suspect in Washington’s “mansion murders” case has pleaded guilty to distribution of child pornography in Maryland. Sean R. Hanover was suspended by the Virginia State Bar effective Oct. 26 based on his ...

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Prosecutor honored by gang busters (access required)

A Charlottesville-based federal prosecutor has been honored by the Virginia Gang Investigators Association as Federal Prosecutor of the Year. Assistant U.S. Attorney Heather L. Carlton received the award Oct. 18 at the group’s 20th annual gang conference in Virginia Beach. ...

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Drewry honored by defense bar (access required)

The Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys has created an award to honor the memory of Lynchburg’s Leigh Drewry, a leader, mentor and friend to the defense bar. Drewry died Dec. 1. The VACDL board this year created “The B. ...

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Comments sought on prosecutor disclosure duties (access required)

The Virginia State Bar’s ethics committee is trying again with a rule to define a prosecutor’s duty when confronted with a potential “needle in a haystack” disclosure. The VSB Standing Committee on Legal Ethics has tried for a year to ...

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Bar considers rule for inadvertent disclosures (access required)

A Virginia State Bar panel is considering new language to spell out what lawyers should do when opponents mistakenly hand over what’s intended to be privileged information. The proposed rule language emphasizes the bar’s view that the importance of preserving ...

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Arbitrators deny bid to cloak findings (access required)

Arbitrators who awarded nearly $300,000 in back pay and compensation for gender discrimination to a former partner at LeClairRyan have denied the firm’s bid to keep their findings confidential. After the three-member arbitration panel decided in favor of attorney Michele ...

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