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Lawyer faces bar discipline over exposure incidents (access required)

A lawyer who admitted repeatedly exposing himself to an employee in his office has been censured by regulators in Tennessee and now faces a legal ethics charge in Virginia. Robert P. Starnes, with offices in both Kingsport, Tennessee, and Gate ...

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Attorneys’ stories show sexual harassment remains a problem in law firms (access required)


As Rachel reflects back on the various instances during her legal career in which she’s experienced sexual harassment, she notices a theme. There was the law professor who made inappropriate comments to female students. The night, while she was still ...

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Caseload study recommends added judgeships (access required)


Virginia needs 28 more trial court judges than it currently funds, a caseload study shows. The study, performed at the behest of the General Assembly, says there is a current need for a total of 435 judges in Virginia courthouses. ...

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Bar drops proposal for new duty for prosecutors (access required)


A Virginia State Bar committee has backed away from a proposed ethical duty for prosecutors not to present defendants with a “needle-in-a-haystack” search for exculpatory evidence. The VSB Standing Committee on Legal Ethics withdrew proposed Legal Ethics Opinion 1888 in ...

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Lawyer who snitched on his client gets reprimand (access required)

A lawyer who represented another lawyer facing a drug investigation, and who then gave authorities damaging information about the client lawyer, has agreed to accept a public reprimand from the Virginia State Bar. The accusation against attorney Anthony E. Collins ...

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