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Lawyer suspended 14 months for dishonesty (access required)

A Virginia lawyer who sought to assure a fraud victim that his money was safe, even after the money was paid to outsiders, has been suspended from law practice for 14 months, according to the Virginia State Bar. Attorney William ...

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Hunton merger would give firm 1,000 lawyers (access required)

A merger with a Texas law firm will expand the Richmond-based Hunton & Williams law firm to more than 1,000 attorneys and add new names to the firm’s title. Hunton & Williams LLP and Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP announced Wednesday ...

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Judge funding unresolved in budget process (access required)

Some additional funded judgeships will likely emerge from the 2018 General Assembly, but politicians have not yet nailed down numbers or the locations where new judges might be added. The current budget pays for 407 judgeships out of 426 authorized ...

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Scott is named Western District PD (access required)

A federal defender in Washington has been named as the federal public defender for the Western District of Virginia. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals selected Juval O. Scott of Germantown, Maryland, to fill the chief defender’s job in ...

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Cullen nominated for Western District U.S. attorney (access required)

President Trump has nominated Roanoke attorney Thomas T. Cullen for U.S. attorney for the Western District of Virginia, according to the state’s two U.S. senators. Cullen was one of two candidates recommended to the White House by Sens. Mark R. Warner and ...

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Rule would allow fee-shifting for lawyer’s GAL

Under a proposed rule change, some lawyers involved in impairment proceedings with the Virginia State Bar would have to foot the bill for a guardian ad litem appointed by the bar’s Disciplinary Board. The VSB Committee on Lawyer Discipline approved ...

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Abingdon lawyer charged with distributing drugs (access required)

An Abingdon attorney has been charged with distributing drugs inside the Washington County court house, officials tell the Bristol Herald Courier. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office reported that a court deputy spotted a folded paper being passed from attorney George ...

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Prosecutor immune in ‘false prosecution’ case (access required)


Despite the allegation of “a grave injustice” in the abduction conviction of a Charlottesville-area grocer, a federal judge said the man’s civil lawsuit against the prosecutor’s office would not stand. Sovereign immunity protects the commonwealth’s attorney under the U.S. Constitution, ...

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