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Brennan named as bar counsel (access required)

The Virginia State Bar Council voted Feb. 23 to appoint Renu M. Brennan to the post of bar counsel, succeeding the retired Edward L. Davis. As bar counsel, Brennan heads the VSB Department of Professional Regulation which investigates and prosecutes ...

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Bar proposes elimination of lowest sanctions (access required)


The Virginia State Bar may drop two low-level options for resolving ethics charges against attorneys. The VSB’s Standing Committee on Lawyer Discipline also proposes changes aimed at improving public notice of disciplinary actions and open access to disciplinary proceedings. Two ...

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Assembly elects additional judges (access required)

The General Assembly filled a handful of vacant trial court judgeships as it neared the end of the 2019 session on Feb. 21. Legislators elevated Patrick County General District Judge Marcus A. Brinks to the circuit bench and added lawyers ...

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Judges elected by General Assembly (access required)


Here is the list of trial court judges elected Feb. 14 by the General Assembly: Circuit Judges General District Judge Stephen J. Telfeyan, 1st Circuit General District Judge Matthew A. Glassman, 5th Circuit Juvenile & Domestic Relations Judge Carson E. ...

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Numerous prosecutors are seeking judgeships (access required)


Eight Virginia commonwealth’s attorneys were among the 63 candidates interviewed for vacant Virginia trial court judgeships that could be filled in the current General Assembly session. Another five of the prospective judges are working as prosecutors. But would-be judges come ...

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Roanoke lawyer, firm sued by country music band (access required)


The Roanoke-based Woods Rogers law firm and an associate at the firm have been sued by a fledgling country music band claiming the firm’s “catastrophic errors” in visa applications has forced the band to start its career over in Europe. ...

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Norfolk judges oppose prosecutor’s pot policy (access required)

Norfolk’s circuit judges are resisting efforts by Commonwealth’s Attorney Greg Underwood to effectively decriminalize marijuana possession in the city. Judge Mary Jane Hall on Feb. 12 rebuffed prosecutors’ bid to dismiss misdemeanor marijuana charges, according to The Virginian-Pilot. “We are ...

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Prosecutor has immunity in suit over drug case (access required)

A former federal prosecutor has been dismissed from a federal lawsuit in which she and a police officer were accused of rigging evidence against a drug informant. The lawsuit alleged then-Assistant U.S. Attorney Ashley Neese assisted a Bedford sheriff’s deputy ...

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Lynchburg court clerk to retire (access required)

Lynchburg Circuit Court Clerk Eugene Wingfield says he will not seek re-election this year, meaning his last day will be Dec. 31. Wingfield says he has been in public service for almost 45 years, as a police officer, an investigator ...

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