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The argument over bail (access required)


As momentum grows to curtail the use of cash bonds for accused criminal defendants, some prosecutors and bail bond purveyors are pushing back. A national discussion is underway as lawyers, prosecutors and judges challenge the assumption that the best way ...

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Bar moves to revamp lawyer referral (access required)


Lawyers who participate in the Virginia State Bar’s lawyer referral service will have to pay the bar 15 percent of their fees for referred cases under a proposed new program. The recommended revamp of the bar’s 40-year-old referral system is ...

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Leary is new Fairfax Bar president (access required)

The Fairfax Bar Association has appointed Christie A. Leary as president, beginning July 1. Other officers and directors for the 2018-19 year include: OFFICERS President-Elect: Luis A. Perez, Luis A. Perez PC Vice- President: Donna R. Banks, Fairfax County Attorney’s ...

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Roanoke lawyer pleads to lying about sex with clients (access required)


A Roanoke attorney has pleaded guilty to lying to federal agents about accepting sex for legal services and providing drugs to clients, according to the U.S. attorney’s office. Scott A. Webber, 38, allegedly engaged in sexual activities with clients, exchanged ...

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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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