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‘A new day for employees’: New laws likely to prompt more litigation in state court (access required)

(Photo by Paul Fletcher)

Employment lawyers anticipate an increase in state litigation using new labor and employment laws that went into effect July 1. Seven major pieces of “employee-friendly” legislation were passed by the General Assembly this year, including new pregnancy discrimination laws and ...

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Dems plan criminal justice reforms in August (access required)


A special General Assembly session in August will be dominated by a Democratic criminal justice reform program still being fine-tuned by party leaders. The session – dates still undetermined – is expected to pick up where the regular 2020 Assembly ...

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Lawyers admit to extortion scheme (access required)


Two Virginia lawyers have pleaded guilty to orchestrating a massive attempted shakedown of a multinational chemical company in a scheme that would have profited the lawyers at the expense of their clients. The attorneys admitted they offered to protect a ...

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Richmond law firm recognizes local ‘heroes’ (access required)

Firm president Edward Allen (center) introduces 2019 Hometown Heroes (Photo by Caroline Martin)

“We find our lives in spending them in the service of others.” That’s the motto that George Allen Sr., one of the founders of the Allen Law Firm, set for his firm. Since its beginning in 1910, the Richmond-based law ...

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Jury trial hiatus extended (access required)


Virginia’s jury trial moratorium continues. The Supreme Court of Virginia has extended its declaration of judicial emergency through July 19. Regardless of when any circuit court scheduling order was entered, “all civil and criminal jury trials are suspended and shall ...

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VSB president carries out agenda amid COVID-19 (access required)

Marni Byrum

The outgoing president of the Virginia State Bar did not let the coronavirus pandemic derail her from carrying out the goals of her agenda. When she was sworn in last June, Marni Byrum, an employment lawyer in Alexandria, said her ...

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