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510 ABA Journal Virginia articles.

Former LeClairRyan general counsel pleads guilty to obstructing probe of financial misconduct

The former general counsel for the defunct law firm LeClairRyan has pleaded guilty to obstructing an official proceeding for trying to thwart an investigation into his misconduct as a bankruptcy trustee.

Former elder law attorney pleads guilty to fraud, could face 30-year sentence

A former elder law attorney from Lynchburg, Virginia, pleaded guilty on Friday to wire fraud and making false statements.

SCOTUS lets stand victory by transgender man Gavin Grimm, former student who sued over bathroom policy

The U.S. Supreme Court has let stand a ruling that a Virginia school board violated the constitutional rights of Gavin Grimm, a transgender man and a former high school student, when it barred him from using the bathroom that matched his gender identity.

Afternoon Briefs: Suit tossed over ‘stateless’ BigLaw partners; Lafayette Square claims dismissed

Perkins Coie wins suit dismissal because of ‘stateless’ partners

The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at Chicago has ruled that former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page can’t sue Perkins…

Lawyer is disbarred after missing multiple hearings; he blamed PTSD caused by his medical condition

A Virginia lawyer’s license to practice law has been revoked after former clients testified that he left them in the lurch while his license was suspended earlier this year.

Afternoon Briefs: Former music executive sues Trump lawyer; attorney charged with sex trafficking minors

Former music executive sues Trump lawyer Marc Kasowitz

Litigator Marc Kasowitz, known for his representation of former President Donald Trump, is facing a malpractice lawsuit by a former Universal…

Virginia becomes the first Southern state to eliminate the death penalty

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam signed a bill ending the death penalty Wednesday, making Virginia the 23rd state to eliminate capital punishment and the first Southern state to do so.

Afternoon Briefs: BigLaw firm offers gifts on top of bonuses; second state adopts consumer privacy law

Associates at this BigLaw firm get pricey gifts

Associates at Davis Polk & Wardwell are getting a choice of gifts as a thanks for their hard work during the COVID-19…

Afternoon Briefs: Ex-lawyer sentenced for show-pony secrecy; DOJ drops suit over Melania Trump book

Ex-lawyer sentenced for failure to disclose ponies

A former Virginia lawyer has been sentenced to six months in prison for failing to disclose in a bankruptcy proceeding her family’s ownership…

Afternoon Briefs: Lawyers knock ‘Trump Derangement Syndrome;’ attorney flashes medical pot card

Trump lawyers seek dismissal of impeachment case

Lawyers for former President Donald Trump on Monday asked the Senate to dismiss the impeachment case against him. Their brief argues that the…

Police demand for ID required valid investigative stop, 4th Circuit rules in partial win for Black motorist

Police officers who arrested a Black man after he refused to identify himself violated his Fourth Amendment rights. But they have qualified immunity because they relied on a county ordinance that made it a crime to refuse to provide an ID to officers, a federal appeals court has ruled.

Judge John Tran spearheaded adoption of tech to facilitate remote hearings and helped train lawyers

After the Virginia Supreme Court issued an order June 22 stating that remote proceedings should be used to conduct as much business as possible, Tran offered webinars to help lawyers with the Fairfax Bar Association get up to speed with Webex.

Judge nixes courtroom portraits mostly portraying white judges before Black defendant’s trial

A judge in Fairfax, Virginia, has agreed to a Black defendant’s request to remove courtroom portraits that mostly portray white judges before his trial Jan. 4.

Former general counsel of LeClairRyan agrees to disbarment

Bruce Matson, the former general counsel of the disbanded law firm LeClairRyan, has been disbarred in Virginia after he was accused of misappropriating money from a bankruptcy trust account.

Afternoon Briefs: Secretaries get extra bonuses at this law firm; AG Barr warns of liberal DAs

Secretaries at this law firm get extra bonuses; associates left out

Goodwin Procter will pay an extra $1,000 to all secretaries to recognize “hard work during these challenging times,” according…

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