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Gates barred: Lawyer sanctioned for courthouse behavior (access required)

A Chesterfield County bankruptcy lawyer has been banished from bankruptcy court for six months for unruly behavior at the federal courthouse security station. Richard O. Gates – a veteran bankruptcy lawyer who has handled 9,170 cases since 1990 – was ...

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Bar groups announce judge choices (access required)

Two more bar groups have announced their recommendations for filling the judgeship of U.S. District Judge Glen E. Conrad of the Western District of Virginia. The Virginia Bar Association listed its endorsements in alphabetical order: U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert S. ...

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School board settles abuse lawsuit for $1.1M (access required)

A federal judge has approved a $1.1 million settlement for a student, now in his teens, who claimed he was repeatedly abused by the janitor at his elementary school in Russell County. After the suit survived two pretrial rulings, the ...

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Lawyer takes museum government relations post (access required)

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Foundation has named Katie Wallmeyer Payne as its new Director of Government Relations. Payne will represent the museum before local, state and federal legislators and officials on issues that affect resources and support for its mission. She ...

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Under pressure: Appalachian School of Law faces ABA accreditation decision (access required)

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Southwest Virginia’s Appalachian School of Law has been directed by an accreditation panel to address questions about how it selects students capable of earning a degree and passing the bar. A critical hearing is set for June. Credentials of ASL’s current and ...

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Voyeur lawyer agrees to 9-month suspension (access required)

A lawyer licensed in both Virginia and South Carolina has given up licenses in both states for nine months after being convicted of taking a photograph up a woman’s skirt. Attorney Jacob L. Parrott pleaded guilty to “assault and battery ...

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Lawyer gives up license over bankruptcy lapses (access required)

A lawyer accused of hiding assets in a bankruptcy action, including preparation of a false affidavit, has surrendered her law license, admitting the accusations were true. After Laura Reed Wright and her husband filed for bankruptcy in 2014, the bankruptcy ...

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Morrissey is disbarred a second time (access required)

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Richmond’s Joe Morrissey, a survivor of tumultuous legal and political careers, has been disbarred for a second time in a Virginia State Bar proceeding. A three-judge Richmond Circuit Court panel decided March 30 that Morrissey’s 2013 conduct in his relationship ...

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