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Northam pardons fetus defendant (access required)

Gov. Ralph Northam has granted an absolute pardon erasing the conviction of a Franklin County woman for discarding the remains of a stillborn fetus. The case, little noticed at first, became a lightning rod in the abortion rights debate after ...

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Relocation poses issues for couples with children (access required)


Couples often split because they can’t work things out, but – when children are involved – the parties continue to be connected even after the relationship ends. Separation or divorce creates a whole new host of issues requiring cooperation and agreement between the parties. And, if ...

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Richmond-area solo accused of embezzling from client (access required)

A Glen Allen attorney has been arrested and charged with felony embezzlement after a client complained about undisclosed support payments collected by the lawyer. The lawyer now faces both a criminal hearing and an expedited bar discipline proceeding, according to ...

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Lawyer sanctioned, reprimanded over mutilation claims (access required)

A Sterling lawyer was fined by a judge and reprimanded by the Virginia State Bar for misrepresentations about danger to his client’s children from a religious ritual. Jahangir Ghobadi represented a husband in a Fairfax County divorce, according to a ...

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Judge tosses challenge to bar proceeding (access required)

With a federal lawsuit now dismissed, a Richmond area lawyer says she is taking her battle with the Virginia State Bar to the Supreme Court of Virginia. Attorney Rhetta M. Daniel of Henrico – listed as “not in good standing” ...

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Assembly to fund all authorized judgeships (access required)


After a decade of intentionally unfunded Virginia judgeships, the state will have money to fill all authorized bench seats by July of next year. The General Assembly has agreed to a budget that would fund all 435 trial court judgeships ...

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Protective orders becoming more common (access required)


The use of protective orders in Virginia is growing as victims of threats and violence learn how to use the legal system to defend against alleged abusers. Family lawyers increasingly are called on to advise clients what to do if they think ...

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AG flips position after prosecution of woman who hid fetus (access required)


The office of Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring argued in February to uphold the conviction of a Franklin County woman who discarded a stillborn fetus in a dumpster. Katherine Dellis was convicted under a law that prohibits the concealment ...

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Panel proposes changes in lawyer conflict rules

The Virginia State Bar is looking for comments on two proposed changes to ethics rules affecting lawyer conflicts of interest. One proposal from the VSB’s Standing Committee on Legal Ethics would eliminate a client repayment obligation for costs and expenses ...

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Excess and outdated advertising LEOs are ditched (access required)

Lawyers looking for guidance on lawyer advertising can focus on two principal sources of law: Rule 7.1 of the Rules of Professional Conduct and Legal Ethics Opinion 1750, recently adopted by the state Supreme Court. The Virginia State Bar’s Standing ...

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