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3 announce to run for Chesterfield commonwealth’s attorney (access required)

Two Republicans and a Democrat say they will run for the top prosecutor’s job vacated this month by the retirement of Billy Davenport. Current Chief Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney John Childrey has been endorsed by Davenport and various state and local ...

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Divorce lawyer suspended for 3 years (access required)

A Springfield domestic relations attorney has been suspended for three years for stonewalling a client, failing to return an unearned fee and ignoring a bar subpoena. The Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board ordered the penalty for Robert L.I. Shearer Jr. ...

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The argument over bail (access required)

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As momentum grows to curtail the use of cash bonds for accused criminal defendants, some prosecutors and bail bond purveyors are pushing back. A national discussion is underway as lawyers, prosecutors and judges challenge the assumption that the best way ...

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Bar moves to revamp lawyer referral (access required)

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Lawyers who participate in the Virginia State Bar’s lawyer referral service will have to pay the bar 15 percent of their fees for referred cases under a proposed new program. The recommended revamp of the bar’s 40-year-old referral system is ...

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Leary is new Fairfax Bar president (access required)

The Fairfax Bar Association has appointed Christie A. Leary as president, beginning July 1. Other officers and directors for the 2018-19 year include: OFFICERS President-Elect: Luis A. Perez, Luis A. Perez PC Vice- President: Donna R. Banks, Fairfax County Attorney’s ...

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Roanoke lawyer pleads to lying about sex with clients (access required)

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A Roanoke attorney has pleaded guilty to lying to federal agents about accepting sex for legal services and providing drugs to clients, according to the U.S. attorney’s office. Scott A. Webber, 38, allegedly engaged in sexual activities with clients, exchanged ...

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Chesterfield’s Davenport to retire this year (access required)

Chesterfield County Commonwealth’s Attorney Billy Davenport says he will retire July 1. Davenport, the county’s chief prosecutor for more than three decades, is leaving the post a year and half before his term expires, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch (paywall), which ...

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Solos now eligible for group health insurance rates (access required)

Virginia solo practitioners can now obtain health insurance at the lower rates and better coverage previously available only to law firms with 2-50 employees. General Assembly legislation that takes effect July 1 modifies the health insurance definition of a small ...

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