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Bar pays $103K to victims of dishonest lawyers (access required)

The Virginia State Bar paid $103,130.58 in the past fiscal year to 27 clients who lost money to dishonest lawyers, according to a year-end report from the Clients’ Protection Fund Board. It’s the lowest annual total in 11 years, according ...

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Overnight stay won’t support common law marriage (access required)

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A “husband” whose nine-year marriage was negated because the couple’s Washington wedding was at odds with their Virginia paperwork cannot save the union by labeling it a common law marriage under D.C. law. The Court of Appeals of Virginia ruled ...

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Evans takes helm at VACA (access required)

Smyth County Commonwealth’s Attorney Roy F. Evans is the new president of the Virginia Association of Commonwealth’s Attorneys. Evans was inducted at the group’s 79th Annual Meeting in Virginia Beach. He succeeds Greensville County Commonwealth’s Attorney Patricia T. Watson. Other ...

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‘On life support’ (access required)


Despite opposition from about a dozen participating lawyers, leaders of the oversight panel for the Virginia Lawyer Referral Service say they plan to move ahead with a proposal to charge a percentage of lawyers’ fees on referred cases. Some lawyers ...

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Judges approve ‘lenient’ suspension for attorney (access required)

Judges who first rejected a mere reprimand for a lawyer who undermined subrogation rights in settlement of a UIM claim have approved a 60-day suspension in a second Virginia State Bar discipline hearing. In addition to the 60-day suspension, Fairfax ...

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School attorneys raise concerns about lay advocates (access required)


Two Virginia federal judges are wrestling with the status of unlicensed advocates in special education cases, an issue that has raised concerns for school representatives and the Virginia State Bar. One judge declared that a lay advocate is not entitled ...

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Bitter on Twitter (access required)

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The Roanoke Times is asking a judge to force former Times sports reporter Andy Bitter to give up his use of a Twitter account. The owner of the paper has sued in Roanoke federal court claiming it is the rightful ...

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State to boost DUI checkpoints (access required)

Virginia officials plan to beef up DUI enforcement in the two weeks leading up to Labor Day weekend, according the governor’s office. Gov. Ralph Northam and the state Department of Motor Vehicles are joining with state and local police to ...

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