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At the forefront of legal ethics (access required)


Jim McCauley went from prosecuting unethical lawyers to trying to keep them from getting into trouble with the bar. For 23 years, he has led the office that offers free advice on ethics rules and opinions to Virginia lawyers. His ...

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Fee proposal for lawyer referral work advances (access required)


The proposal to charge lawyers a percentage fee for cases referred to them by the Virginia Lawyer Referral Service survived a “robust” debate before winning nearly unanimous approval by the Virginia State Bar Council. A package of proposed VLRS rule ...

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Panel takes aim at use of ‘shall’ in laws (access required)


The Boyd-Graves Conference says it’s time to end the confusion over the different meanings ascribed to the word “shall” in Virginia statutes and rules. The solution the panel offers is to eliminate that word altogether in new law and use ...

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Pressure is on delegate for blocking judgeships (access required)


Lawyers and legislators in Fairfax County have stepped up pressure on Del. Tim Hugo to drop his tacit opposition to election of lawyers endorsed for Fairfax County judgeships. Hugo, R-Fairfax, is dismissive of the 30-year procedure for vetting Fairfax County ...

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From the beginning, to the end (access required)


Just a few short months after walking 2,190 miles on a footpath from Georgia to Maine, Bruce Matson is back in the office in a high-rise in Richmond, handling bankruptcy cases for LeClairRyan, where he’s a partner. But that’s not ...

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A tale of two tests: Bar pass rate rebounds (access required)


2018 was a tale of two bar exams. While February saw Virginia bar exam takers pass at the lowest rate since 2009, July test-takers passed at the highest rate since 2013. July’s results also show an increase in the state’s ...

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