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Some progress on diversity (access required)


Lawyers who raised concerns about a lack of diversity among the bench and bar in the Northern Virginia criminal justice system earlier this year say progress is being made, but there is still cause for concern. A group of African-American ...

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Wrong label voids use of noncompete (access required)


Labeling an employee as an independent contractor – thereby avoiding taxes and other employer obligations – will void a noncompete agreement in the worker’s contract, a Fairfax circuit judge has ruled. Fairfax Circuit Judge John M. Tran said an educator’s ...

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Special court dockets face House opposition (access required)

Docket court steps duotone

Virginia court officials plan to revise their proposed rules for special court dockets after a key legislator warned of a hostile political climate. A free exchange of views at a recent government meeting exposed a rift – but a possible ...

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Lawyer pleads guilty in time-share case (access required)

A Williamsburg lawyer has pleaded guilty to taking part in a scheme to profit from fraudulent time-share purchases. Deborah H. Wagner pleaded to a felony charge of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud. The count carries a maximum 20 ...

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J&DR judges called to active duty (access required)

Two Virginia juvenile and domestic relations judges are being called up for active military duty, requiring additional hours by substitute judges. Both Judge Correy R. Smith of the Waynesboro J&DR Court and Judge H. Cary Payne of the Lynchburg J&DR ...

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Legal ethics opinions withdrawn (access required)

A Virginia State Bar committee has been doing some cleanup in the archives of Virginia legal ethics opinions. The Virginia State Bar’s Standing Committee on Legal Ethics has withdrawn 13 LEOs in recent months. “The committee determined that for a ...

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Chesterfield Bar endorses judge candidates (access required)

Chesterfield County lawyers have deemed four candidates to be “highly qualified” for an expected opening on the county juvenile and domestic relations court. Two other lawyers were rated “qualified,” according to the secretary for the Chesterfield Bar Association. The CBA ...

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