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Supreme Court won’t disturb findings of commissioner of accounts (access required)

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The Supreme Court of Virginia has approved distribution of a decedent’s half-million-dollar estate based on a determination by a commissioner of accounts acting without referral from a circuit court judge. The decision stops short of confirming the authority of commissioners ...

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Many more lawyers using cloud computing (access required)

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Cloud computing, where data is stored offsite on servers owned by third parties and accessed via an internet connection—has been around for more than a decade now. At first, lawyers were slow to adopt to the concept even though it ...

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4th Circuit: ‘Peace Cross’ violates Constitution (access required)

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BALTIMORE—A 40-foot tall cross erected as a World War I memorial on state-owned land in Bladens­burg, Maryland, violates the con­stitutional separation of church and state, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Oct. 18. “The monument has the primary ...

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VSB: Avvo flat-fee service unethical (access required)

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CHARLOTTESVILLE – Virginia State Bar leaders say lawyer-client matching services that advertise limited legal services for fixed rates and charge marketing fees to participating lawyers violate Virginia’s legal ethics rules. The VSB Council recommended that Virginia join five other states ...

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Coyne voted as VLW Leader of the Year (access required)

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A public defender in the Winchester region for more than a decade, Timothy S. Coyne was named as the 2017 “Leader of the Year” by this year’s class of Leaders in the Law. Coyne has worked extensively to establish a ...

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Bid for attorney fees came too late, court says (access required)

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An executive who successfully defended a trade secrets action and then filed to recover attorneys’ fees was too late, under a ruling this month from the Supreme Court of Virginia. The court said the rules required the executive to seek ...

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