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Back in business: Jury trials resume in state, federal courts (access required)

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With elaborate preparations, Virginia courts are holding jury trials again, even in the midst of the pandemic. Henrico County was first, holding jury selection in a two-day drug case on Sept. 15. But Stafford County and the U.S. District Court ...

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Assembly struggles with crim reform (access required)

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Criminal justice reforms being hammered out – and sometimes beaten down – at the midyear General Assembly session have the potential to affect criminal law practice across the state. Even proposals that meet defeat in the ongoing special session could ...

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Lawyer gets added penalty for unheeded suspension (access required)

A Richmond-area lawyer who failed to stop representing clients when his license was suspended by the Virginia State Bar now has an additional three years of suspension plus a criminal charge of unauthorized law practice. John B. Russell Jr. of ...

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Courts get guidance on signature defects (access required)

Civil procedure changes enacted by the General Assembly now are being reflected in the rules of practice in Virginia. One change spells out what happens when a pleading is not properly signed as required by the good faith pleading statute. ...

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VBA is co-sponsor of Senate debate (access required)

The Virginia Bar Association is among the sponsors of an Oct. 3 debate between Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Warner and Republican challenger Daniel Gade. The 90-minute debate will take place at Norfolk State University, the first such event there in ...

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Saboteur plagues bankruptcy law firm (access required)

Richmond police report a man has been cutting the telephone and internet lines at a downtown Richmond law firm, an apparent repeat performance by a serial saboteur. In February, police posted a surveillance photo in hopes someone would recognize the ...

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Court extends 3rd year practice privilege (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia has extended the length of the state’s Third Year Practice Certificate from 18 months to 24 months in response to COVID-19 changes in the bar exam schedule. The court’s Access to Justice Commission this month ...

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Ex-lawyers sentenced to prison for extortion plot (access required)

The former Virginia lawyer who tried to shake down a potential mass tort defendant for a $200 million consultant’s fee has been sentenced to two years in prison. His ex-attorney accomplice received a one year sentence in court rulings Sept. ...

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