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Judicial vacancy attracts 17 candidates (access required)

Seventeen lawyers and judges have asked to be evaluated for an opening on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine asked the Virginia State Bar to evaluate the candidates for ...

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LeClairRyan files for bankruptcy (access required)

The Richmond-based law firm of LeClairRyan filed for bankruptcy on Sept. 3 amid departing lawyers and declining revenues, asking a judge to oversee its liquidation plan. The firm reportedly owes about $6.8 million to its primary lender, but has come ...

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Former Abingdon officials sue town (access required)

Two former Abingdon officials – including the long-time town attorney – are suing the town for money damages claiming they were forced to quit amid a “toxic environment” of increased politicization. Deborah C. Icenhour – who resigned last summer after ...

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Virginia Beach lawyer surrenders license (access required)

A lawyer already serving a four-year license suspension has agreed to have his license revoked in the face of a new bar complaint. Andrew I. Becker of Virginia Beach consented to disbarment in an affidavit signed Aug. 28. The revocation ...

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Court ends month with torrent of opinions (access required)

The impending retirement of Virginia Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth A. McClanahan prompted a stream of opinions in the week preceding her last day on Sept. 1. From Aug. 22 to Aug. 30, the court issued 14 decisions. There were nine ...

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Lawyer accused of dishonesty accepts 3-year suspension (access required)

A Chesapeake attorney facing three separate bar complaints, all involving multiple rule violations including alleged false statements to the Virginia State Bar, has agreed to a three-year license suspension. Barry R. Taylor was accused of lapses in his bank accounts ...

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Court revives child’s claim vs. church (access required)


The Supreme Court of Virginia has recognized a church’s “special relationship” duty to protect children from a known dangerous employee. The new opinion also offers a host of guidance in other aspects of pleading a case. The decision builds on ...

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Ex-prosecutor charged in child abuse sting (access required)

A former Norfolk prosecutor has been charged with multiple felonies in a Norfolk investigation of online child sex crimes. Charged is attorney Timothy Scott Carnes, according to The Virginian-Pilot. He faces five counts of attempting to take indecent liberties with ...

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