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Bar offers answers to ‘Can we talk?’ (access required)

The ethics committee of the Virginia State Bar is proposing two new guidance documents to answer questions about when lawyers can talk directly with someone who may be represented by another lawyer. The VSB is seeking comments on those two ...

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Lawyer sentenced to prison for child sex abuse (access required)

A lawyer’s Virginia legal credentials are in jeopardy after his Ohio conviction on charges that he repeatedly abused a pre-teen boy. The lawyer – who most recently worked for a Washington firm – was sentenced to three years, but could ...

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Judge kicks verdict over disputed scientific evidence (access required)

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After hearing arguments that prosecutors misled a jury about scientific evidence in a murder trial, a Richmond judge threw out the jury’s 2nd-degree murder verdict and ordered a new trial. Lawyers for James D. Henshaw said inaccurate test results on ...

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Faces changing at judicial ethics commission (access required)

Three new members will join Virginia’s Judicial Inquiry and Review Commission this year and one member will return to the panel with a new constituency. The retirement of Warren County Circuit Judge Ronald L. Napier in July opened a circuit ...

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A parent’s nightmare (access required)

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A Shenandoah County couple says they were encouraged to adopt a child by social services employees who suppressed a report that the child had committed sexual battery of another child. The couple is suing employees of the Shenandoah County Department ...

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Myerson files for VSB president-elect (access required)

Reston attorney Jay B. Myerson, a member of the Virginia State Bar executive committee, has announced he is running for president-elect of the VSB. VSB bylaws require candidates for the position to submit a petition with the names of 50 ...

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$30 lawyer wellness assessment expected (access required)

Lawyers can expect $40 in assessments accompanying their bill for bar dues this summer. The Supreme Court is expected to approve a $30 Wellness Fund assessment for each active Virginia lawyer in addition to the current $10 assessment for the ...

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