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

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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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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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Lynchburg Bar named bar group of the year (access required)


The Lynchburg Bar Association has been named the 2020 “Bar Association of the Year” by the VSB Conference of Local and Specialty Bar Associations. The award will be presented at the LBA’s in-person meeting in December. Lynchburg lawyer Peter H. ...

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New VSB president to focus on access to justice (access required)

Brian L. Buniva

The incoming president of the Virginia State Bar hopes to make it easier for everyone to gain access to the justice system in the state. Brian L. Buniva of Richmond said his main focus is to “bring attention to the ...

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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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