Virginia Lawyer Magazine - October 2010

Volume 59/Number 3


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Construction Law and Public Contracts Section

Construction Law and Public Contracts
by Todd R. Metz and Gregory T. St. Ours

Has Chinese Drywall Affected the Economic Loss Rule?
by Kristan B. Burch

An Assault on the Spearin Doctrine: How AIA A201-2007 Shifts the Risks for Design Defects to the Contractor
by Nancy W. Greenwald

Key Points to Consider in Filing and Challenging a Mechanic’s Lien
by K. Brett Marston and Spencer M. Wiegard

The Economic-Loss and Source-of-Duty Rules and the Wall between Tort and Contract in Virginia
by Edward E. “Ned” Nicholas III and Sean M. Golden


VSB News
Making Clients Whole
Virginia State Bar Card Revised
In the Matter of a Virginia Lawyer: Perspectives on the Disciplinary System
Notice to Members: MCLE Compliance Deadline Is Oct. 31

In Memoriam

Et Al.
Cynthia D. Kinser Elected Virginia’s Chief Justice
Reminder: Amended Virginia Appellate Rules Are in Effect
Local and Specialty Bar Elections
Impact of Divorce on Children Described in New DVD
Lawyers Helping Lawyers Celebrates 25 Years
Virginia Law Foundation Promotes Rule of Law, Access to Justice, and Law Education



President’s Message
Executive Director’s Message
Conference of Local Bar Associations
Young Lawyers Conference
Senior Lawyers Conference
Law Libraries
Consultus Electronica
Bench-Bar Relations


CLE Calendar
Professional Notices
Classified Ads
Crossword Puzzle

Access to Legal Services

  • Federal Act Provides Loan Repayment Funds for Public Defenders and Prosecutors
    by David J. Johnson and Robert Harris
  • Non-Virginia Military Lawyers Now Can Provide Limited Legal Assistance to Service Members in Virginia


About the Cover

The BRAC 133 project — an office park that will be home to 6,409 U.S. Department of Defense employees — is under construction along U.S. 395, on Mark Center Drive in Alexandria. The project includes two multistory office towers and two parking garages. BRAC 133 is a U.S. Army initiative that grew out of a 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission recommendation to move DOD personnel from space leased elsewhere in Northern Virginia. This photograph was taken from Landmark Mall on the morning of March 21, 2010. Photo by Bill Dickinson of Sky Noir Photography. See more of his work at