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Lawyer disbarred for keeping client money (access required)

A Virginia State Bar disciplinary panel has revoked the law license of a Chesterfield attorney for mishandling client money amid a dispute with the client. The panel of the VSB Disciplinary Board cited four prior disciplinary penalties in deciding unanimously to ...

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Six top ODBA list for Smith judgeship (access required)

Six candidates were described as “Highly Qualified & Recommended” for a Norfolk federal judgeship in rankings from the Old Dominion Bar Association. In Dec. 4 letters to U.S. Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, the ODBA identified the following as ...

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Nine judges falter in performance surveys (access required)


At least nine incumbent Virginia trial court judges seeking new terms could expect tough questions this month about their reviews from attorneys and others. The Supreme Court of Virginia released Judicial Performance Evaluation reports Nov. 26 for 50 judges eligible ...

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Band settles with lawyers over visa struggles (access required)

A country music band with hopes for the big time has settled a claim that Roanoke lawyers hobbled its career by mishandling the musicians’ work visas. The Dale Justice Band hoped to catch fire from its base in Nashville, but ...

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Lawsuits turn spotlight on anti-SLAPP law (access required)


A California congressman and his multiple libel lawsuits in Virginia courts have triggered a nationwide explosion of satire while increasing pressure to beef up a Virginia law designed to discourage baseless defamation actions. Free speech advocates say Virginia has one ...

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Herring to chair House Courts (access required)

GLEN ALLEN – Del. Charniele Herring, D-Alexandria, has been selected to chair the House of Delegates Courts of Justice Committee for the 2020 General Assembly. Speaker-select Eileen Filler-Corn made the announcement Dec. 3. Herring spoke Dec. 5 to reporters at ...

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‘Justice reform’ bills expected as Dems take control (access required)


Democrats are eagerly making legislative wish lists as they anticipate their new-found dominance in the halls of state government when the General Assembly convenes Jan. 8. On Nov. 18, Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced his priorities for “a more ...

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Judge rejects mayor’s request to choose lawyer (access required)

Although the mayor of Strasburg – facing fraud charges – qualifies for a court-appointed lawyer, the judge in the case will not let the mayor pick his counsel. Shenandoah County Circuit Judge Kevin C. Black made clear Dec. 4 he ...

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