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Racial comments don’t overcome no-impeachment rule (access required)

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An African-American defendant who was convicted of drug and firearm charges may not interview the convicting jurors for signs of racial animus, despite a juror’s statement that his peer expressed racial prejudice during deliberations, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of ...

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Fee proposal for lawyer referral work advances (access required)

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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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At the forefront of legal ethics (access required)

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

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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)

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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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