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A view from the inside: Tips for appellate briefs (access required)


ROANOKE – When it comes to writing an appellate brief, knowing your audience may be just as important as knowing the facts and the law. A career law clerk with the Supreme Court of Virginia recently offered that and other ...

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Myerson to lead VSB in 2021 (access required)


Reston attorney Jay B. Myerson is the president-elect designate of the Virginia State Bar. Myerson was unopposed as the Oct. 1 deadline passed for VSB members to apply for the president-elect position for the 2020-21 bar year. Under bar rules, ...

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Lawyer takes 6-month suspension for ignoring lien (access required)

A Richmond lawyer has agreed to a second six-month license suspension for mishandling money. Neil O. Reid refused to pay a hospital lien after settling a personal injury case, later claiming he overlooked the original lien notice in his file, ...

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Senators decline to name new judge candidates (access required)

Virginia’s U.S. senators say they will not release the names of new applicants for the seat of U.S. District Judge Glen E. Conrad. The senators announced a new round of applications Sept. 18 for the seat of the semi-retired Conrad ...

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Bond surety company targeted by insurance regulators (access required)

Virginia insurance regulators say the immigration bond surety company known as Libre by Nexus Inc. is violating the law by acting as an unlicensed insurance agent. The State Corporation Commission’s Bureau of Insurance says the company solicits, negotiates and sells ...

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Fake lawyer gets 2 years for preying on immigrants (access required)

An Alexandria federal judge handed down a two-year sentence for a man convicted of defrauding accident victims by posing as a personal injury attorney. Tuan Duc Nguyen, 55, of California targeted members of immigrant communities in Northern Virginia and elsewhere, ...

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Judge: No ‘Twiqbal’ standard for affirmative defenses (access required)


A Roanoke federal judge said he is joining the “growing number of courts” rejecting a heightened pleading standard for affirmative defenses in civil litigation. Plaintiffs chafing at the higher pleading hurdle imposed by Supreme Court opinions a decade ago argued ...

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