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Avvo in Virginia (access required)


Lawyers who sign up for the newly launched Avvo Legal Services program risk violation of at least two Virginia legal ethics rules, according to a proposed legal ethics opinion up for comment at the Virginia State Bar. Avvo officials don’t ...

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Statewide bar groups back legal aid funding

Seven statewide bar associations in Virginia have jointly signaled their opposition to a Trump administration proposal to drop funding for legal aid programs. The Virginia State Bar, the Virginia Bar Association, the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, the Virginia Association of ...

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Justices offer few answers for vexed trial lawyers (access required)


WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. – A Virginia Supreme Court panel offered only marginal comfort last month for frustrated trial lawyers hoping to reverse a trend of unfavorable rulings in product liability cases. At the annual convention of the Virginia Trial ...

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Judge approves questioning of probation officer (access required)

A Roanoke federal judge will allow a probation officer to give testimony in a Warren County murder trial about information she received from a probationer. The ruling comes despite “well established” law that information in the hands of the federal ...

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Judge settles lawsuit filed by neighbor

A general district judge sued by a neighbor amid a bitter dispute over a sliver of land has settled the malicious prosecution claim for undisclosed terms. Botetourt County Judge William H. Cleaveland reached an agreement with neighbor Michael J. Vaughn ...

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UMW settles discrimination claim (access required)

The University of Mary Washington and its basketball coach have agreed to pay $160,000 to settle claims of race and gender discrimination by a former student. Jasmine Orsted claimed that she was excluded from the school’s basketball team and unfairly ...

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Check scam leads to lawyer’s ethics trouble (access required)

A fraudulent check for nearly half-a-million dollars received by a Virginia lawyer led to ethics trouble over a $320 filing fee. The lawyer nearly fell for one of those fake check scams that have tripped up other attorneys. He avoided ...

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