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Court launches statewide criminal records search (access required)

As promised in January, the Supreme Court of Virginia has unveiled an online search engine to look up criminal and traffic cases in all general district courts and nearly all circuit courts. Without any accompanying announcement, search links appeared on ...

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Lawyer avoids felony conviction on drug charges (access required)

A Washington County lawyer accused of passing illicit drugs to his client in court has pleaded guilty to three misdemeanors. Two other charges were dropped in a deal that avoids jail time and felony convictions for George Ed “Chip” Barker ...

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Judge blocks Title IX hearing at UVa (access required)

A federal judge barred the University of Virginia from holding a July 1 Title IX Review Panel Hearing where a student faced possible expulsion for an alleged off-campus sexual assault two years ago. U.S. District Judge Glen E. Conrad concluded ...

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Lawyer fees cut in bias case against LeClairRyan (access required)


A modest recovery in a wide-ranging gender discrimination suit against the Richmond-based law firm of LeClairRyan became even more modest last month when a federal judge nixed a $135,630.30 fee enhancement for the plaintiff’s lawyers. U.S. District Judge Robert E. ...

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Ex-prosecutor agrees to VSB reprimand, anger management (access required)

A former prosecutor with more than 25 years’ experience who got into a violent scuffle with a girlfriend last year has reached an agreement with the Virginia State Bar to avoid suspension of his law license. John F. Haugh agreed ...

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Criminal jury instructions now free, without annotations (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia is moving to allow free access to unannotated versions of its model jury instructions. The court announced June 26 that the criminal Virginia Model Jury Instructions are now available in an unannotated format on the ...

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Lawyer suspended for bankruptcy-related violations (access required)

A Northern Virginia lawyer has accepted a one-year suspension in Virginia after a similar penalty was imposed in Washington for his handling of a bankruptcy case. Edward Gonzalez – who lists a Herndon address – took advantage of the vulnerability ...

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Bar panel awards $39K to disappointed clients (access required)

In the most recent round of awards from the Clients’ Protection Fund of the Virginia State Bar, five former clients were paid $39,322.04 to reimburse them for unearned fees paid to Virginia lawyers. Two custody-dispute clients of now-suspended attorney Robert ...

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Proposed rule changes on civil testimony up for comment (access required)

The Virginia legal community is being asked to comment on three proposed rule changes that would affect testimony in civil litigation. One proposed amendment is aimed at curbing routine evidentiary objections during depositions while another would set ground rules for ...

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