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Under the microscope (access required)


A Richmond fed­eral judge has unsealed specif­ics of legal mal­practice claims leveled against Richmond-based law firm of LeClairRyan PC in connection with the federal prosecution and bankruptcy of Health Di­agnostic Laboratory Inc. Approving LeClairRyan’s $20.375 million settlement of those claims, ...

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Fischel surrenders law license (access required)

Warrenton attorney Jud Fischel, who pleaded no contest in January to two charges of sexual battery involving clients, has agreed to give up his law license. Fischel already had agreed to suspension of his law license on the basis of ...

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Senators back two for U.S. attorney post (access required)

Virginia’s two U.S. senators have recommended two Roanoke lawyers for the vacant position of U.S. attorney for the Western District of Virginia. In a July 21 letter to President Trump, Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine urge appointment of ...

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Court: Judges can advocate on courthouse issues (access required)


Two judges who vigorously advocated against a courthouse relocation referendum did not commit judicial misconduct, the Supreme Court of Virginia has ruled. The unanimous court dismissed judicial ethics charges against Senior Court of Appeals Judge Rudolph Bumgardner III and retired ...

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Judicial ethics panel seeks sanctions for Bristol judge (access required)


The state commission that enforces judicial ethics has recommended the Supreme Court of Virginia remove or censure Bristol Juvenile and Domestic Relations Judge Kurt J. Pomrenke. The ethics complaint filed in the Supreme Court July 10 stems from Pomrenke’s attempts ...

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Lawyer reprimanded for courthouse incident (access required)

An Alexandria lawyer has received a public reprimand from the Virginia State Bar growing out of a charge that he was drunk in public at the Alexandria courthouse in 2015. Christopher P. Schewe came under suspicion when he showed up ...

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Bankruptcy haven (access required)


Good judges, good law­yers and a well-oiled legal system are prov­ing to be an attractive combination at the U.S. Bankrupt­cy Court in Richmond. Struggling corporations seeking sanc­tuary from creditors are coming to Rich­mond in greater numbers these days, passing by ...

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Greene County prosecutor appointed to bench (access required)

Long-time Greene County Commonwealth’s Attorney Ron Morris will become a Juvenile and Domestic Relations judge next week. The judges of the 16th Circuit appointed Morris to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Edward DeJ. Berry. Morris takes ...

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Please release me: Portions of liability release form allowed at trial (access required)

Lawyers understandably wince when presented with those liability release forms you have to sign in order to engage in contact sports or other activities with inherent hazards. The forms have a common premise: “You know this is risky. We’re not ...

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Culpeper asks judge to bar deposition of county attorney (access required)

In ongoing litigation over Culpeper County’s vote last year to refuse a sewage permit for a proposed Islamic prayer center, the county wants to block a proposed deposition of the county attorney. The county says Department of Justice lawyers have ...

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