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Troubled Winchester lawyer gives up license (access required)

A Winchester lawyer who battled the Virginia State Bar on multiple fronts amid complaints from clients and judges has surrendered her license. Shelley R. Collette consented to license revocation March 23 in a proceeding involving five bar complaints, with nine ...

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Bar: Tips to assistance program could help troubled lawyers (access required)

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A Virginia State Bar committee is recommending allowing bar prosecutors to share concerns about a lawyer’s mental health or substance abuse issues with a lawyer assistance program. The rule change would mark an exception to otherwise strict confidentiality about any ...

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Bar revokes Tennessee lawyer who opened Virginia practice (access required)

A Tennessee lawyer who opened an office in Grundy and practiced in the local courts without a general Virginia law license has been disciplined by the Virginia State Bar. B. Walter Billups has been a licensed Tennessee lawyer since 2005, ...

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Senate approves Cullen for U.S. attorney post (access required)

The U.S. Senate has unanimously approved Roanoke lawyer Thomas T. Cullen as U.S. attorney for the Western District of Virginia. Approval came late March 22 with Cullen and other nominees first winning approval from the Senate Judiciary Committee and then ...

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Morrissey bar hearing set for Monday (access required)

A three judge panel is set to hear evidence beginning Monday in the latest legal proceeding arising from attorney Joe Morrissey’s after-hours meeting in 2013 with a young staff member who is now his wife. The Virginia State Bar contends ...

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Legislators to check qualifications of retired judges (access required)

Retired circuit judges sitting as substitutes will have to win approval from General Assembly committees every three years under a plan now on Gov. Northam’s desk. Advocates for the change expressed concern that substitute judges now have “all the powers ...

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Change in support possible at retirement (access required)

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A divorced spouse paying support to an ex should have a better chance for a retirement age adjustment under a proposal advanced by the Virginia Family Law Coalition and approved by the General Assembly this year. The idea now awaits ...

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Rented-office issues arise with lawyer advertising proposal (access required)

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Some Virginia lawyers say guidelines on attorney advertising could limit solos and small firms who serve clients at temporary rented office space. Lawyers are not prohibited from using rented offices to meet with clients or others, but ethics standards say ...

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Richmond Law makes top 50 in USNWR rankings (access required)

The University of Richmond law school has cracked the top 50 in the U.S. News & World Report Best Law Schools Rankings. The school’s seven-point jump marks the largest change in position for any of Virginia’s five ranked law schools ...

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Lawyer gets prison for bankruptcy fraud (access required)

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A disbarred Richmond lawyer once accused of stripping assets from her own law office in advance of a visit by federal regulators was sentenced March 12 to a year in prison for bankruptcy fraud. Nnika E. White also was convicted ...

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