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Lawyers avoid sanctions, disqualification in fire loss case (access required)

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A federal judge has declined to sanction a group of Virginia lawyers in an insurance coverage dispute, even though the judge said the attorneys “fell far short” of their ethical responsibility in handling the surprise disclosure of their opponent’s claims ...

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No ‘Needle in a haystack’ (access required)

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A Virginia State Bar committee believes a prosecutor should not be able to satis­fy disclosure obliga­tions by turning over a bundle of material without pinpointing where the possibly exculpatory informa­tion is. The VSB’s Standing Committee on Legal Ethics is seeking ...

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No stigma for needing, accepting help (access required)

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Stigma holds us back; here’s how to beat it. In my line of work as a clinical psychol­ogist, one of the biggest barriers to being able to help lawyers, law students and judges is the stigma that many feel about ...

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Mandatory reporting of pro bono is rejected (access required)

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A proposal to require Virginia lawyers to report each year on their contributions to public legal services has been rejected by the state Supreme Court. The court “declines to impose a mandatory reporting requirement,” stated Chief Justice Donald W. Lemons ...

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Lawyer-landlord fined $5K for bankruptcy stay violation (access required)

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An Alexandria lawyer who pursued collection efforts after a tenant filed for bankruptcy has been hit with $5,000 in punitive damages for what the judge labeled “flagrant violations” of legal protections for debtors. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Kevin R. Huennekens said ...

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Mother’s conviction in son’s drowning death reversed (access required)

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A divided panel of the Court of Ap­peals of Virginia has reversed the felony child neglect conviction of a Pulaski County mother whose 5-year-old son died in a septic tank accident. The 2-1 ruling holds that prosecutors failed to show ...

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