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September bar exam pass rate is 75% (access required)

Three quarters of the candidates who took the Virginia Bar Exam in a one-day September session passed the test, according to the Virginia Board of Bar Examiners. Of the 148 who passed, 117 also have passed the MPRE, met all ...

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Lawyer charged with paying underage girls for sex

ALEXANDRIA (AP) An Alexandria lawyer has been charged with sex trafficking of minors after authorities say he paid numerous underage high school girls for sex. Charges were unsealed Nov. 19 in federal court in Alexandria against Matthew J. Erausquin, with ...

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Judge: Virginia pandemic restrictions apply to gun show

FALLS CHURCH (AP) The producers of one of the nation’s largest gun shows have canceled the event after losing a legal challenge to newly imposed pandemic restrictions in Virginia. The Nation’s Gun Show is held several times a year at ...

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Rolls-Royce settles discrimination allegations, to pay $135K

PRINCE GEORGE (AP) Aircraft components manufacturer Rolls-Royce has agreed to pay $135,000 to 26 women who were not selected for machine operating roles at its factory in Virginia. Under the federal settlement, the company will give back pay plus interest ...

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Franklin County won’t move its Confederate statue

ROCKY MOUNT (AP) Officials in Franklin County have voted to keep a Confederate monument in place outside the courthouse. County supervisors took the vote Nov. 17, The Roanoke Times reported. The statue of the Confederate soldier stands outside the Franklin County ...

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Court removes “shall” from evidence rules (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia has enacted changes to the Virginia Rules of Evidence to replace the word “shall” with other language. The changes take effect July 1 unless modified by the General Assembly. The court announced the revised version ...

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VSB proposes to cut bar delinquency fees

The Virginia State Bar is open for comments on a proposal to reduce the delinquency fees associated with some administrative rule violations for lawyers. Failing to comply with non-MCLE membership requirements brings a notice from the bar demanding compliance within ...

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Ex-LeClair partner Matson agrees to disbarment (access required)

Former LeClairRyan partner Bruce H. Matson has surrendered his law license in the face of a Virginia State Bar investigation of his actions as a court-appointed trustee in bankruptcy court. As a fiduciary of money held in trust, Matson disbursed ...

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VSB proposes moving RESA, legal aid regulations

The Virginia State Bar is seeking comments on a plan to move state regulations affecting real estate settlement agents and legal aid societies. The regulations are currently in Virginia’s Administrative Code. The VSB proposes to create similar rules in the ...

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Bar seeks comment on reduced CPF assessment

The Virginia State Bar is asking for comments on a recommendation to cut the annual assessment for the Clients’ Protection Fund from $10 to $5 beginning in July. The VSB also is seeking input on a proposal to remove the ...

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