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Bar leaders, ACLU back judges’ right to advocate (access required)


A group of 23 former presidents of the Virginia Bar Association, as well as two civil liberties organizations, have come to the defense of two Virginia  judges accused of improper political activity. The former VBA presidents filed a friend of ...

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Client communication problems bring reprimand (access required)

A Williamsburg-area lawyer has been reprimanded by a Virginia State Bar discipline subcommittee for communication problems with five clients. Two of the clients told the bar that lawyer David M. McCormick of Lightfoot failed to notify them when he sold ...

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Ex-officer says he had PTSD when he shot man (access required)

NORFOLK (AP) A former Norfolk police officer being sued by a man he shot says he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder at the time. Former Norfolk police officer Neal Robertson testified Friday that he shot Marius Mitchell three times in ...

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Defense expert testimony lacked foundation (access required)


The Supreme Court of Virginia has overturned a trial result based on a finding that an expert was allowed to testify without a proper foundation once again. While most such cases involve plaintiffs’ experts, here it was a defense expert ...

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VSB tackles criminal discovery yet again (access required)


A Virginia State Bar task force has been named to revisit the battle-scarred subject of criminal discovery reform in Virginia. VSB president Michael W. Robinson has appointed a 13-member panel with Virginia Court of Appeals Judge Robert J. Humphreys as ...

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Avvo in Virginia (access required)


Lawyers who sign up for the newly launched Avvo Legal Services program risk violation of at least two Virginia legal ethics rules, according to a proposed legal ethics opinion up for comment at the Virginia State Bar. Avvo officials don’t ...

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