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Jan 8, 2016

Fairfax Bar celebrates Justice Roush with portrait

FALLS CHURCH—The Fairfax Bar Association celebrated its longest-serving circuit judge on Jan. 6 when it unveiled the portrait of Jane Marum Roush, who spent 22 years on the bench there before her appointment to the Supreme Court of Virginia last August. Fairfax Circuit Judge Daniel Ortiz noted in his remarks that Roush’s tenure was the […]

Jun 4, 2015

ODBA takes a look at judicial selection

GLEN ALLEN – Conversations about how Virginia chooses its judges often arrive at a conclusion similar to Winston Churchill’s observation about democracy: It’s the worst way to proceed, except for all the rest. “We tend to think our process is probably preferable” to direct election of judges, said Supreme Court Justice Cleo E. Powell. Powell […]

Sep 12, 2014

Bar groups urge funding for judges

As lawmakers prepared to interview and select new judges this week, bar leaders have been calling on Assembly members to resist any efforts to trim judicial funding. Earlier this year, the General Assembly included money to fund 36 additional trial court judgeships in the state budget. No complete list of judicial choices was available at […]

Jul 3, 2014

Local bar association sends direct mail ads for lawyers

If you get a speeding ticket in some parts of Virginia, you can count on receiving a handful of letters from lawyers offering their services. High-volume traffic ticket areas – some simply call them “speed traps” – produce a high volume of work for courthouse lawyers and companies that provide mailing lists for the alleged […]

Jun 5, 2014

Holland to lead ODBA

The Old Dominion Bar Association elected new officers and committee members at its recent annual conference, held in Tysons Corner last month. Helivi Holland of Suffolk was elected to serve as president for 2014-15. Other new officers are: President Elect: Jane Reynolds, Northern Virginia Secretary: Stacy Lee, Central Virginia Treasurer: Clarence Brooks, Hampton Roads Immediate […]

Feb 7, 2014

A night for history

The Virginia Bar Association and the Old Dominion Bar Association made history in late January, as the two bar groups held their annual meetings together for the first time. And at the black-tie banquet Jan. 24 at the Williamsburg Lodge, the sense of history – both for the bar groups and for the Commonwealth of […]

Jul 12, 2013

Prosecutors: Start over on criminal discovery

Virginia prosecutors are urging the Supreme Court to launch a new study of proposed reforms to court rules governing what information prosecutors are required to share with defense lawyers. The request for a new task force by the Virginia Association of Commonwealth’s Attorneys is among dozens of comments received by the Supreme Court of Virginia […]

Jul 8, 2013

VBA debate to be live-streamed on PBS

Can’t make it to The Homestead later this month for the Virginia Bar Association’s gubernatorial debate but you still want to watch the fireworks? PBS has you covered. VBA Executive Director Yvonne McGhee reports that for the first time ever, one of the VBA’s debates will be live-streamed, at The group got confirmation of […]

May 16, 2013

Local Government Attorneys honor Chesterfield’s Parthemos

Chesterfield County Deputy County Attorney Stylian “Stel” Parthemos has been honored by the Local Government Attorneys of Virginia, Inc. with the 2013 Cherin Award for Outstanding Deputy or Assistant Local Government Attorney, presented at the association’s recent spring conference in Roanoke. Parthemos has been with the county attorney’s office since 1987; he became deputy county [&hellip[...]

May 9, 2013

Food Frenzy winners honored

Dozens of law firms, legal departments, government offices, and law schools joined together to raise more than 1.5 million pounds of food for Virginia’s hungry during the seventh annual Legal Food Frenzy in Virginia. The results of the two-week drive in April brought the cumulative seven-year total raised to the equivalent of more than 10 […]

Apr 30, 2013

Rehearing petition may work, says court

ABINGDON – If the Supreme Court of Virginia denies your client’s petition for appeal, take a serious look at a second try, members of the high court said at an April 26 “town hall meeting” on appellate practice. Chief Justice Cynthia D. Kinser, joined fellow Justice Elizabeth A. McClanahan and Court of Appeals Judge Teresa […]

Apr 19, 2013

Hospitals must bill health insurance first

Trial lawyers hope a new Virginia law will put an end to a hospital billing tactic that threatened to take a bite out of accident victims’ compensation. The General Assembly passed, and Gov. Bob McDonnell signed, a bill requiring hospitals to bill patients’ private health insurance, when available, rather than holding out for a larger […]

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