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Firm lawyer had clients on the side (access required)

A law firm associate who collected fees from clients on the side has agreed to a 90-day suspension with terms that include two years’ probation and three years of unannounced inspections of her accounts. Danielle M.H. Lewis first worked as ...

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2 bars back Ciaffone for circuit bench (access required)

Two Roanoke-area bar organizations have endorsed Roanoke County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Judge Leisa K. Ciaffone for an upcoming circuit court vacancy. The Salem/Roanoke County Bar Association recommended Ciaffone in voting Jan. 7. The Roanoke Bar Association added its endorsement after ...

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Court approves revamped trust account rule (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia has approved amendments to the ethics rule governing how lawyers protect other people’s money and property. The current rule uses terminology that sounds archaic and is out of step with the way terms are used ...

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VSB proposes membership changes (access required)

The Virginia State Bar is seeking comments on proposed rule amendments to create separate membership status for retired and disabled members and to require an email address of record for all members. The proposal would clarify requirements for membership classes ...

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Supreme Court rejects ‘explicit findings’ requirement (access required)

A legal ambiguity that loomed large in the Joe Morrissey disbarment appeal has been eliminated by the Supreme Court of Virginia. The court made it clear in a Jan. 9 rule amendment that three-judge panels deciding lawyer discipline cases are ...

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Judge tosses Morrissey lawsuit against TV station (access required)

A federal judge has dismissed politician Joe Morrissey’s lawsuit claiming a 2016 televised commentary about his bid for Richmond mayor was false, defamatory and insulting. U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson said the broadcast by reporter Mark Holmberg was political ...

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