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Courts scramble to address gun ban challenge (access required)

A bid by gun rights activists to block a temporary Capitol Square weapons ban has foundered both in circuit court and in the Supreme Court of Virginia. Gov. Ralph Northam on Jan. 15 decreed that weapons of all kinds would ...

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Pay boost would be coupled with certification for GALs (access required)

A proposal advancing at the General Assembly is designed to encourage guardians ad litem in family law cases to both meet with children they serve and meet court standards for their work. The measure would pay GALs for face-to-face contact ...

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Fairfax hoping for added general district judge (access required)

After two legislative votes this month, it appears Fairfax County could finally get an additional general district judge in 2020. Judges there have argued for more than a year that their court deserves special attention. “We are the busiest court ...

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Firm lawyer had clients on the side (access required)

A law firm associate who collected fees from clients on the side has agreed to a 90-day suspension with terms that include two years’ probation and three years of unannounced inspections of her accounts. Danielle M.H. Lewis first worked as ...

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2 bars back Ciaffone for circuit bench (access required)

Two Roanoke-area bar organizations have endorsed Roanoke County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Judge Leisa K. Ciaffone for an upcoming circuit court vacancy. The Salem/Roanoke County Bar Association recommended Ciaffone in voting Jan. 7. The Roanoke Bar Association added its endorsement after ...

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Court approves revamped trust account rule (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia has approved amendments to the ethics rule governing how lawyers protect other people’s money and property. The current rule uses terminology that sounds archaic and is out of step with the way terms are used ...

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VSB proposes membership changes (access required)

The Virginia State Bar is seeking comments on proposed rule amendments to create separate membership status for retired and disabled members and to require an email address of record for all members. The proposal would clarify requirements for membership classes ...

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