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‘Wife’ of 18 years barred from getting pension (access required)

Even though a couple married and lived together as husband and wife for 18 years, the wife cannot collect on her deceased husband’s nearly $722,000 pension because – unbeknownst to her – the husband had never divorced his previous wife. ...

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September bar exam pass rate is 75% (access required)

Three quarters of the candidates who took the Virginia Bar Exam in a one-day September session passed the test, according to the Virginia Board of Bar Examiners. Of the 148 who passed, 117 also have passed the MPRE, met all ...

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Courts make four interim judgeship appointments (access required)

Four attorneys have been named to district court judgeships left unfilled after the end of the 2020 General Assembly session. Five district bench seats remain vacant, according to the Supreme Court’s administrative office. Two of the appointments went to delegates. ...

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Court removes “shall” from evidence rules (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia has enacted changes to the Virginia Rules of Evidence to replace the word “shall” with other language. The changes take effect July 1 unless modified by the General Assembly. The court announced the revised version ...

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Ex-LeClair partner Matson agrees to disbarment (access required)

Former LeClairRyan partner Bruce H. Matson has surrendered his law license in the face of a Virginia State Bar investigation of his actions as a court-appointed trustee in bankruptcy court. As a fiduciary of money held in trust, Matson disbursed ...

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Bar seeks comment on reduced CPF assessment

The Virginia State Bar is asking for comments on a recommendation to cut the annual assessment for the Clients’ Protection Fund from $10 to $5 beginning in July. The VSB also is seeking input on a proposal to remove the ...

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New faces — Northern Virginia sees more diversity on bench, bar leadership (access required)

Advocates of diversity in the bench and bar say they’re pleased with recent advances in Northern Virginia, but questions remain about whether the progress is sustainable. Observers also see work to be done in making other bar groups more representative. ...

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Virginia circuit court system moving slowly on jury trials (access required)

As most of the circuit courts in Virginia’s population centers are either preparing for or actively resuming jury trials, the bulk of Virginia courthouses still have not received jury trial approval from the Supreme Court. As of Nov. 9, 27 ...

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