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Chesterfield’s Davenport to retire this year (access required)

Chesterfield County Commonwealth’s Attorney Billy Davenport says he will retire July 1. Davenport, the county’s chief prosecutor for more than three decades, is leaving the post a year and half before his term expires, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch (paywall), which ...

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Solos now eligible for group health insurance rates (access required)

Virginia solo practitioners can now obtain health insurance at the lower rates and better coverage previously available only to law firms with 2-50 employees. General Assembly legislation that takes effect July 1 modifies the health insurance definition of a small ...

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An emphasis on wellness (access required)


VIRGINIA BEACH – Virginia bar leaders wholeheartedly have taken up the cause of lawyer well-being, approving a trio of rule changes at the Virginia State Bar’s Annual Meeting and embracing a Supreme Court initiative that promises more changes. New VSB ...

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Rally lawsuit raises ghostwriting issue (access required)

A federal lawsuit targeting organizers of the Aug. 12 “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville has raised issues regarding ghostwritten legal pleadings for one of the defendants. The defendant – described as a white nationalist radio broadcaster – says he ...

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Bar revokes solo accused of embezzling from client (access required)

A Glen Allen solo lawyer charged with embezzling client money has been disbarred. The Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board revoked the law license of Michael A. Lormand with a summary order on June 22, effective immediately. The board said it ...

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Officers face felony charges in man’s shooting (access required)

Two police officers face three felony charges each in the February shooting of a Lynchburg accountant in his home. The accountant, Walker Sigler, was left with serious and permanent injuries, according to his lawyer. The Lynchburg officers went to Sigler’s ...

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Bankruptcy hearings? There’s an app for that (access required)

Need to keep track of your bankruptcy hearing schedule while on the move? The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District has an app for that. The court has rolled out “ChapMobile,” a free app for iOS and Android devices ...

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VSB offers complete rewrite of UPL rules (access required)


As states take a closer look at how they regulate the legal profession, the Virginia State Bar is considering a complete revision of its rules on unauthorized practice of law. The change potentially could relax restrictions on companies that offer ...

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