38th Annual Recent Developments in the Law 2012: News from the Courts and General Assembly Seminar Materials - SALE!

Publication Date: June 2012
Available Formats: Print
Pages: 416

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Content Summary:

  • Recent Developments in the Law: Ethics - Professional Regulation
  • Ethics Update 2012 - Hot Topics in Legal Ethics
  • Recent Developments in Creditors' and Debtors' Rights
  • Commercial Law
  • Business Organizations
  • Recent Developments in Virginia
  • Recent Developments in the Law: Estate Planning and Administration
  • Family Law
  • Selected Real Estate Legislation
  • Real Estate Case Law Update
  • Recent Developments in Criminal Law and Procedure
  • Substantive Law
  • Recent Developments in Virginia Civil Litigation

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Recent Developments in the Law:
News from the Courts and General Assembly


RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN THE LAW ETHICS:
PROFESSIONAL REGULATION

Edward L. Davis

        I. Neglect of Client Matters; Issues of Competence/Fitness  
    
        II. Trust Accounts; Misappropriation of Funds; Safekeeping Property
    
        III. Commission of a Crime or Deliberately Wrongful Act
    
        IV. Miscellaneous

Brief Summaries of Other Public Disciplinary Actions as of May 3, 2012

        I. Neglect of Client Matters; Issues of Competence/Fitness
    
        II. Trust Accounts; Misappropriation of Funds; Safekeeping Property
    
        III. Commission of a Crime or Deliberately Wrongful Act
    
        IV. Miscellaneous
    
        V. Reciprocal Actions
    
        VI. Failure to Respond to the Bar
    
ETHICS UPDATE 2012 - HOT TOPICS IN LEGAL ETHICS
James M. McCauley

        I. Issues Relating to the Ethical Duty of Confidentiality
    
            A. What Information is Protected as Confidential Under Rule 1.6?
    
            B. Does the Duty of Confidentiality Apply to Former Clients?
    
            C. Disclosure of Confidential Information When Client Alleges
            Ineffective Assistance of Counsel
    
            D. Testifying Against a Former Client in a Criminal Case
    
            E. Disclosing Client’s Possession of Child Pornography
    
            F. Client’s Communication With Lawyer Using Employer’s E-Mail
            or Computer
    
        II. Communicating With Persons Represented By Counsel
    
            A. What is the Rule?
    
            B. Does the Rule Prohibit a Lawyers as Bankruptcy Trustee From
            Communicating With a Represented Debtor?
    
            C. May a Prosecutor Advise a Police Investigator to Communicated
            With a Represented Defendant if the Defendant Has Waived His
            Right to Counsel and Has Initiated the Contact with the
            Investigator?
    
            D. May a Lawyer Advise a Client to Communicate Directly With the
            Opposing Party if They Are Represented by Counsel?
    
        III. Recent Developments in Lawyer Marketing and Advertising
    
        IV. Social Media and Its Ethical Hazards
    
        V. What is “Timely Disclosure” of Brady Material Under Rule 3.8(d)?
    
        VI. Preparation or “Ghostwriting” Pleadings for Pro Se Litigants

RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN CREDITORS’ AND DEBTORS’ RIGHTS

Tyler P. Brown

        I. Code of Virginia Revisions (Effective July 1, 2012)
    
            A. § 55-37 Doctrine of Necessaries
    
            B. §§ 8.01-432, 435, 436, 438 and 439 Confession of Judgment by a
            Substitute Attorney-in-Fact
    
            C. § 8.01-511 Previous Garnishments; Costs
    
            D. § 8.01-512.4 Exemptions from Garnishment
    
            E. § 55-277.26 and 545.05 Grantor Trusts/ Settlor’s Creditors;
            Payment of Taxes
    
            F. § 55-545.03: 2 and 3 Self-Settled Spendthrift Trusts; Creation of
    
        II. Selected Decisions on Creditors’ Rights
    
            A. Fourth Circuit
    
            B. District Court
    
            C. State Court
    
        III. Selected Decisions on Bankruptcy Law
    
            A. U.S. Supreme Court
    
            B. Fourth Circuit
    
            C. District Court
    
            D. Bankruptcy Court
    
            E. State Court

COMMERCIAL LAW

Edward B. Lowry
David W. Thomas


        I. Changes in the Law
    
            A. Updates to the Virginia Stock Corporation Act, Virginia Non-Stock
            Corporation Act, and Limited Liability Company Act
    
            B. Amendments to Article 9 of the UCC
    
        II. Notable Cases
    
            A. Contract - Repudiation
    
            B. Contract - Waiver
    
            C. Contract - First Material Breach
    
            D. Contract - Third Party Beneficiaries
    
            E. Contract - Attorneys Fees Provisions
    
            F. Contract - Requirement of Signature for Written Contract
    
            G. Tort of Conversion of Intangible Property Recognized
    
            H. Virginia Public Procurement Act - “Best Value” vs. “Lowest
            Bidder”
    
            I. Employment (Non-Competition Clause)
    
            J. Construction - Requirement for Change Orders (or not)
    
            K. Derivative Actions - Two Shareholder Corporations
    
            L. Partnerships - Frustration of Purpose
    
            M. Defamation
    
            N. Procedural Issues

BUSINESS ORGANIZATIONS
Nicole F. Ingle
Nicholas C. Conte


        I. Recent Cases Affecting Business Organizations in Virginia
    
        II. Legislative Matters of Particular Note
    
        III. Virginia State Corporation Commission E-File System

RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN VIRGINIA
William L.S. Rowe

        I. Corporate Income Tax
    
            A. Legislation
    
            B. Cases
    
            C. Rulings of the State Tax Commissioner
    
        II. Tax Credits
    
            A. Legislation
    
            B. Cases
    
            C. Rulings of the State Tax Commissioner
    
        III. Individual Income Tax
    
            A. Legislation
    
            B. Rulings of the State Tax Commissioner
    
        IV. Retail Sales and Use Taxes
    
            A. Legislation
    
            B. Rulings of the State Tax Commissioner
    
        V. Business License Tax
    
            A. Cases
    
            B. Attorney General’s Opinions
    
            C. Rulings of the State Tax Commissioner
    
        VI. Property Taxes
    
            A. Legislation
    
            B. Court Decisions
    
            C. Rulings of the State Tax Commissioner
    
        VII. Miscellaneous Tax
    
            A. Legislation
    
            B. Cases
    
            C. Rulings of the State Tax Commissioner
    
        VIII. Trends
    
            A. Addback Litigation
    
            B. Single Sales Factor
    
            C. Regulations
    
            D. Delayed Appeals

RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN THE LAW:
ESTATE PLANNING AND ADMINISTRATION

John B. O’Grady

I. RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN FEDERAL LAW

        I. How Did We Get in This Mess?
    
            A. In the Beginning
    
            B. Temporary Repeal
    
        II. The 2010 Act - Another Temporary Fix
    
            A. Political Showdowns
    
            B. The Current Law (At Least Until the End of 2012)
    
        III. Recent Updates Affecting Estate Planning Techniques
    
            A. Making Gifts
    
            B. Using Defined Value Clauses to Make Gifts
    
            C. Leveraging Valuation Discounts in Making Gifts
    
            D. Family Limited Partnerships (and Other Similar Arrangements) -
            Recent Attacks by the IRS on Fractional Interest Discounts
        
            E. Defective Grantor Trusts
    
            F. Grantor Retained Annuity Trusts
    
            G. Annual Exclusion Gifts

II. VIRGINIA ENACTS DIRECTED TRUSTEE STATUTE

III. VIRGINIA ENACTS TRUST DECANTING STATUTE

IV. VIRGINIA ENACTS DOMESTIC ASSET PROTECTION
TRUST STATUTES

V. VIRGINIA REORGANIZES FIDUCIARY LAWS INTO
NEW TITLE 64.2


VI. RECENT VIRGINIA CASES OF INTEREST

APPENDIX A

APPENDIX B

APPENDIX C


FAMILY LAW
Sharon K. Lieblich

        I. Lucky Thirteen
    
        II. From the Legislature
    
            A. Marriage, Divorce and Annulment
    
            B. Jurisdiction and Procedure
    
        III. Court Rules
    
        IV. The Courts
    
            A. Marriage, Divorce and Annulment
    
            B. Spousal and Child Support
    
            C. Custody and Visitation
    
            D. Property, Prenuptial and Post-Nuptial Agreements
    
            E. Equitable Distribution
    
            F. Parental Rights and Child Abuse
    
            G. Jurisdiction and Procedure
    
            H. Miscellaneous Cases

SELECTED REAL ESTATE LEGISLATION
Lucia Anna Trigiani

        Banking and Finance
    
        Building Code
    
        Business Entities
    
        Cemetaries
    
        Civic and Charitable
    
        Civil Remedies and Procedure
    
        Community Association
    
        Condemnation and Eminent Domain
    
        Conservation and Environment
    
        Economic Development
    
        Housing and Redevelopment
    
        Insurance
    
        Landlord Tenant
    
        Land Records and Court Records
    
        Mechanics’ and Other Liens
    
        Miscellaneous
    
        Notaries
    
        Professions and Occupations
    
        Real Estate Settlements
    
        Taxation
    
        Transportation
        
        Trusts and Estates
    
        Water, Sewer and Stormwater
    
        Zoning and Land Use

REAL ESTATE CASE LAW UPDATE

        Virginia Supreme Court Cases
    
        Virginia Circuit Court Cases
    
        U.S. District Court Cases
    
        Bankruptcy Court
    
        United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN CRIMINAL LAW AND PROCEDURE
Corinna B. Lain

        I. Traffic Offenses
    
        II. Search and Seizure
    
            A. Arrest
            
            B. Stop and Frisk
    
            C. Searches
    
            D. Exclusionary Rule
    
        III. Confessions and Self-Incrimination
    
        IV. Pretrial Motions
    
            A. Jurisdiction and Venue
    
            B. Discovery
    
            C. Motion to Server
    
        V. Charges and Pleas
    
        VI. Right to Counsel
    
        VII. Trial
    
            A. Evidence
    
            B. Witnesses
    
            C. Contempt
    
            D. Juries
    
        VIII. Verdict and Sentencing
    
        IX. Appeals

SUBSTANTIVE LAW

        I. Guns and Drugs
    
        II. Crimes Against the Person
    
        III. Property Crimes
    
        IV. Miscellaneous
    
RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN VIRGINIA CIVIL LITIGATION
Stuart A. Raphael

        I. Introduction
    
        II. Most Important Developments Covered By This Outline
    
            A. Abuse-of-Discretion Standard of Review
    
            B. Business Records - Importance of Objecting to Embedded
            Opinions
    
            C. Closing Argument - Damages
    
            D. Default Judgment - Relief From
    
            E. Federal Courts Jurisdiction and Venue Clarification Act of 2011
    
            F. Offer Judgment Under Federal Rule 68 - Must Specify Whether Costs
            and Attorney’s Fees are Included
    
            G. Personal Jurisdiction - Constitutional Limits
    
            H. Privilege - Waiver Due to Inadequate Log
    
            I. Proffer - Failure to Preserve
    
            J. Virginia Rules of Evidence
    
        III. Jurisdiction, Venue and Service of Process
    
            A. Statutes
    
            B. Cases
    
        IV. Causes of Action and Damages
    
            A. Statutes
    
            B. Contract Cases
    
            C. Insurance Cases
    
            D. Tort Cases
    
            E. Miscellaneous Cases
    
        V. Affirmative Defenses
    
            A. Cases
    
        VI. Pleading, Practice and Procedure
    
            A. Statutes
    
            B. Cases
    
        VII. Trial Proceedings and Evidence
    
            A. Rules
    
            B. Cases
    
        VIII. Appellate Practice
    
            A. Statutes
    
            B. Virginia Rules
    
            C. Cases

Authors

Edward L. Davis

James M. McCauley

Tyler P. Brown

Edward B. Lowry

David W. Thomas

Nicole F. Ingle

Nicholas C. Conte

William L.S. Rowe

John B. O’Grady

Sharon K. Lieblich

Lucia Anna Trigiani

Corinna B. Lain

Stuart A. Raphael

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