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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Excess and outdated advertising LEOs are ditched (access required)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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Court panel approves simpler habeas language (access required)

A judicial policy panel has approved changes to simplify and clarify Virginia’s laws governing the state habeas corpus procedure. The General Assembly could consider the proposed revisions next year. The suggested changes – a project of the Virginia Supreme Court’s ...

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Bar panel splits on bad bookkeeping discipline (access required)

The Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board came down hard on a lawyer who mismanaged his trust account, imposing a 60-day suspension when a bar prosecutor asked for only 30 days. One of the five-member panel even wrote a dissent, contending ...

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