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Drewry honored by defense bar (access required)

The Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys has created an award to honor the memory of Lynchburg’s Leigh Drewry, a leader, mentor and friend to the defense bar. Drewry died Dec. 1. The VACDL board this year created “The B. ...

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Comments sought on prosecutor disclosure duties (access required)

The Virginia State Bar’s ethics committee is trying again with a rule to define a prosecutor’s duty when confronted with a potential “needle in a haystack” disclosure. The VSB Standing Committee on Legal Ethics has tried for a year to ...

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Bar considers rule for inadvertent disclosures (access required)

A Virginia State Bar panel is considering new language to spell out what lawyers should do when opponents mistakenly hand over what’s intended to be privileged information. The proposed rule language emphasizes the bar’s view that the importance of preserving ...

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Arbitrators deny bid to cloak findings (access required)

Arbitrators who awarded nearly $300,000 in back pay and compensation for gender discrimination to a former partner at LeClairRyan have denied the firm’s bid to keep their findings confidential. After the three-member arbitration panel decided in favor of attorney Michele ...

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Hirschler is now a one-name brand (access required)

The Richmond-based firm of Hirschler Fleischer says you can call it by its first name. The firm, with 74 lawyers, announced its rebrand as simply “Hirschler” on Oct. 29. The reveal of the one-word trade name was accompanied by roll-out ...

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Herring calls for reform to cash bail system (access required)

State Attorney General Mark R. Herring has joined calls for reforms to Virginia’s cash bail system, saying too many low-risk criminal defendants are locked up awaiting trial because they cannot afford to post a bond. Herring cited policy and constitutional ...

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State posts increase in Bar Exam pass rate (access required)

Despite a decline nationally in scores on the Multistate Bar Examination in July, Virginia bar candidates posted an increase in the state’s overall pass rate. Of the 767 test takers who sat for the two-day exam in Roanoke this summer, ...

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