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VSB pays $38K from client protection program (access required)

The Virginia State Bar’s Clients’ Protection Fund awarded $38,168.33 in reimbursements to former clients of 11 Virginia lawyers at a meeting Sept. 15. The CPF board approves awards to persons who suffer financial loss because of dishonest conduct by Virginia ...

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Race animus can support jury inquiry (access required)

A rule change by the Supreme Court of Virginia expands the list of circumstances that would justify a court inquiry into jury deliberations. In accordance with a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision, the Virginia justices on Oct. 20 approved adding ...

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Pomrenke lawyer urges censure, not removal (access required)

A lawyer for Bristol Juvenile and Domestic Relations Judge Kurt Pomrenke urged state Supreme Court justices to censure the judge, but not remove him from office, for his admitted misconduct in connection with his wife’s legal troubles. At a Nov. ...

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VSB: Avvo flat-fee service unethical (access required)

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CHARLOTTESVILLE – Virginia State Bar leaders say lawyer-client matching services that advertise limited legal services for fixed rates and charge marketing fees to participating lawyers violate Virginia’s legal ethics rules. The VSB Council recommended that Virginia join five other states ...

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Regent rises, Richmond drops on bar exam (access required)

Regent University’s law school vaulted to the top of the bar results chart this year with a 94.59 percent pass rate for the July Virginia bar exam. Last year, Regent’s overall rate was 76.32, next to last among Virginia’s eight ...

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Bid for attorney fees came too late, court says (access required)

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An executive who successfully defended a trade secrets action and then filed to recover attorneys’ fees was too late, under a ruling this month from the Supreme Court of Virginia. The court said the rules required the executive to seek ...

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Courts differ on marijuana suspension law (access required)

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Some lawyers are encountering clouds of confusion about whether the state’s automatic license suspension for some first-offense marijuana offenders is still in effect. Virginia judges are said to be taking different approaches to whether the marijuana offenders must have their ...

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