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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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Supreme Court rejects ‘explicit findings’ requirement (access required)

A legal ambiguity that loomed large in the Joe Morrissey disbarment appeal has been eliminated by the Supreme Court of Virginia. The court made it clear in a Jan. 9 rule amendment that three-judge panels deciding lawyer discipline cases are ...

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Judge tosses Morrissey lawsuit against TV station (access required)

A federal judge has dismissed politician Joe Morrissey’s lawsuit claiming a 2016 televised commentary about his bid for Richmond mayor was false, defamatory and insulting. U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson said the broadcast by reporter Mark Holmberg was political ...

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Judge rejects broad discovery objections in FCRA case (access required)


Overruling general objections and citing a defendant’s ‘strained and untenable’ view of a jurisdiction issue, a federal judge ordered expansive discovery for a pair of would-be class action plaintiffs seeking penalties for alleged background check violations. The judge’s opinion will ...

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Ciaffone endorsed for circuit bench (access required)

Roanoke County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Judge Leisa K. Ciaffone has been endorsed by the Salem/Roanoke County Bar Association for an upcoming circuit court vacancy. She’s also under consideration for endorsement by the other bar association in the 23rd Circuit. ...

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Bar urges clear rule against sex with clients (access required)


A Virginia State Bar committee proposes a “bright-line rule” prohibiting sexual relations between a lawyer and a current client unless the intimate relationship predated the lawyer-client relationship. Bar prosecutors regularly get complaints about lawyer-client liaisons, the committee chair said. Incidents ...

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