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4th Circuit argument session postponed

The Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has announced it will not hold in-person oral argument during its May 5-8 argument session. Cases tentatively calendared for May 5-8  will be continued for argument at a later session, scheduled for argument by ...

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MCLE requirements unchanged (access required)

The Virginia State Bar says lawyers’ MCLE requirements have not changed, despite the pandemic. Some lawyers had asked about whether the requirement for “live” MCLE courses would be waived because of the health crisis or the governor’s stay-in-place order, the ...

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Lawyer disbarred for mishandling client money (access required)

A South Boston lawyer who failed to cooperate with bar investigators and skipped his disciplinary hearings in February has been disbarred for mismanaging fiduciary accounts. Michael A. Cole “repeatedly took money that did not belong to him,” according to findings ...

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Eastern District to allow remote criminal hearings

Pursuant to Congressional authorization, the federal courts of the Eastern District of Virginia may use video or telephone conferencing for certain criminal proceedings. A March 30 order cites legislation passed by Congress on March 27 authorizing the use of remote ...

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Carry on (access required)

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The gym and the lodge may be shut down for the duration of the pandemic response, but Virginia lawyers and the businesses that support them have been hustling to keep the wheels turning, often by remote control. For most lawyers ...

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Supreme Court extends emergency procedures

The Supreme Court of Virginia has extended its declaration of a judicial emergency another three weeks, through April 26. The court’s March 27 order postponed most civil, traffic and criminal matters and tolls and extends deadlines, as did the court’s ...

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Danville attorney wins on ‘Jeopardy!’ (access required)

A Danville attorney was the winner in the March 27 episode of “Jeopardy!” Khalilah Walters, a lawyer at Daniel, Medley & Kirby and the mother of two, missed the final question but still emerged with $2,399 – enough to best ...

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More virus updates for lawyers

The Western District U.S. Bankruptcy Court has suspended its prohibition on pro se litigants filing pleadings or other papers electronically. In a March 25 order posted on the court’s website, the court cited the need to reduce personal contact. Similarly, ...

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