News and Information
February 01, 2016

Virginia State Bar E-News, February 2016

The Standing Committee on Legal Ethics is seeking public comment on proposed amendments to Rules 1.6 and 3.3 clarifying a lawyer’s obligations when a client discloses an intent to commit perjury well in advance of trial.

The Supreme Court of Virginia has amended the registration statement form regarding the provision of legal services following the determination of a major disaster: Form 1. Registration Statement For Lawyer Engaging In Temporary Practice Following Determination Of Major Disaster.

The Supreme Court of Virginia has adopted amendments to:

Rule 5.5: Unauthorized Practice of Law; Multijurisdictional Practice of Law, effective February 1, 2016;
Rule 8.3: Reporting Misconduct, effective February 1, 2016; 
Paragraph 13: Procedure for Disciplining, Suspending, and Disbarring Attorneys, effective March 1, 2016;
Rule 1.1: Competence, effective March 1, 2016; 
Rule 1.6: Client Confidentiality, effective March 1, 2016. 

The 46th Annual Criminal Law Seminar, sponsored by the VSB Criminal Law Section and Virginia CLE, will be February 5 in Williamsburg and February 12 in Charlottesville.

Volunteers are needed to serve on the Virginia State Bar’s boards and committees. The Nominating Committee will refer nominees to the VSB Council for consideration at its June meeting.

President-elect Robinson seeks members for Virginia State Bar committees with terms commencing July 1, 2016.

The Standing Committee on Lawyer Discipline calls for nominations for district committee vacancies to be filled by the VSB Council in June.

Registration is open for the April 25 VSB TECHSHOW at the Greater Richmond Convention Center.

Nominations are being sought for the following awards:

The Conference of Local Bar Associations Awards of MeritLocal Bar Leader of the Year Award, and Bar Association of the Year Award. The nomination deadline is April 29, 2016.
The General Practice Section Tradition of Excellence Award. The nomination deadline is March 21, 2016. 
The Special Committee on Access to Legal Services Oliver White Hill Law Student Pro Bono Award. The nomination deadline is March 25, 2016. 
The Special Committee on Access to Legal Services Virginia Legal Aid Award. The nomination deadline is March 25, 2016. 
The Young Lawyers Conference R. Edwin Burnette, Jr. Young Lawyer of the Year Award. The nomination deadline is April 1, 2016. 

Please see the VSB Awards and Contests page for a list of all bar sponsored awards and deadlines.

Registration is open for the February 19-20 Virginia Academy of Elder Law Attorneys 9th Annual UnProgram at the Boar's Head Inn, Charlottesville.

The annual Law in Society essay contest for high school students is accepting entries. Deadline is February 12.

Save the date for the YLC Celebration of Women and Minorities in the Legal Profession Bench Bar Dinner on March 23 at University of Richmond Jepson Alumni Center.

Updated: Feb 01, 2016
January 29, 2016

Standing Committee On Legal Ethics Seeking Public Comment On Proposed Amendments to Rules 1.6 & 3.3

The proposed amendments are intended to clarify a lawyer’s obligations when a client discloses an intent to commit perjury well in advance of trial, when the lawyer can withdraw from the representation before the client’s intended perjury occurs.

The proposed amendments can be found here.

Updated: Jan 29, 2016
January 27, 2016

Law in Society Essay Contest Deadline February 12

The Virginia State Bar encourages all high school students to submit entries for a chance to win the Law in Society competition and almost $7,000 in cash prizes. The deadline for submissions is Friday, February 12, by 4:00 p.m. This year’s question concerns the trending legal issues surrounding student privacy in the digital age.

All Virginia students age 19 or younger and enrolled in grades 9 through 12, or a homeschool equivalent, are eligible to submit an entry.

Entries should be between 750 and 1,000 words, and are judged on how well they demonstrate the student’s understanding of the role and value of the legal system in everyday life. The contest is cosponsored by the bar's Communications Committee and the VSB Litigation Section.

The first place winner will receive $2,300 and their winning entry will be published on the VSB website. Other awards include $1,850 (second place), $1,350 (third place), and five honorable mentions of $250 each. All winners also receive a plaque and copy of Strunk and White’s Elements of Style. Awards will be presented in May at the winners’ schools.

The hypothetical essay question may be found here.

Updated: Jan 27, 2016
January 21, 2016

Supreme Court of Virginia Amends Rule Regarding Provision of Temporary Legal Services

The Supreme Court of Virginia has amended the registration statement form regarding the provision of legal services following the determination of a major disaster: Form 1. Registration Statement For Lawyer Engaging In Temporary Practice Following Determination Of Major Disaster.

Details

Updated: Jan 21, 2016
January 14, 2016

Williams Mullen Leads Pro Bono Life Planning Initiative

Williams Mullen continues to provide a number of often underserved Virginia groups with life planning documents through free clinics — including veterans, nursing homes, at-risk moms, senior citizens, and recovering addicts. Created in 2007 by Pro Bono Partner Andy Nea, who has led the program’s clinics since its inception, the program served 431 clients in 26 clinics in 2015. 

In total, 104 lawyers contributed their services to the program during 2015, which provides a simple will, a power of attorney and an advance medical directive. The program also partners with Virginia  law schools and, in 2015, 56 students from the University of Richmond, William & Mary and the University of Virginia assisted at the clinics.

Updated: Jan 14, 2016
January 06, 2016

Registration is open for Handling Uncontested Divorces: A Webinar for Pro Bono Lawyers in Virginia

Uncontested divorces remain one the most common requests for pro bono legal aid as low income residents struggle to terminate a marriage while complying with the rules of the court in jurisdictions across Virginia. On February 18, 2016, the VSB Special Committee on Access to Legal Services, the VSB Young Lawyers Conference, Legal Services of Northern Virginia, and Kelly, Byrnes & Danker PLLC will conduct a webinar that will offer 1.5 hours of CLE training on uncontested divorces to all attorneys willing to accept an uncontested divorce referral and to have their names shared with the legal aid pro bono program in their jurisdiction. For more information, the agenda, and registration information, go to https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5565473144201366529.

Updated: Jan 06, 2016
January 04, 2016

Virginia State Bar E-News, January 2016

The Supreme Court of Virginia has adopted amendments to:

  • Rule 3C:2: Uniform Fine Schedule, effective December 17, 2015;
  • Rule 5.5: Unauthorized Practice of Law; Multijurisdictional Practice of Law, effective February 1, 2016;
  • Rule 8.3: Reporting Misconduct, effective February 1, 2016;
  • Paragraph 13: Procedure for Disciplining, Suspending, and Disbarring Attorneys, effective March 1, 2016;
  • Rule 1.1: Competence, effective March 1, 2016;
  • Rule 1.6: Client Confidentiality, effective March 1, 2016.

The 46th Annual Criminal Law Seminar, sponsored by the VSB Criminal Law Section and Virginia CLE, will be February 5 in Williamsburg and February 12 in Charlottesville.

Volunteers are needed to serve on the Virginia State Bar’s boards and committees. The Nominating Committee will refer nominees to the VSB Council for consideration at its June meeting.

President-elect Robinson seeks members for Virginia State Bar committees with terms commencing July 1, 2016

The Standing Committee on Lawyer Discipline calls for nominations for district committee vacancies to be filled by the VSB Council in June

Registration is open for the April 25 VSB TECHSHOW at the Greater Richmond Convention Center.

Nominations are being sought for the following awards:

Registration is open for the February 19-20 Virginia Academy of Elder Law Attorneys 9th Annual UnProgram at the Boar's Head Inn, Charlottesville.

The annual Law in Society essay contest for high school students is accepting entries.

Save the date for the YLC Celebration of Women and Minorities in the Legal Profession Bench Bar Dinner on March 23 at University of Richmond Jepson Alumni Center.

Updated: Jan 04, 2016
December 21, 2015

Supreme Court of Virginia Adopts Changes to Rules

Effective March 1, 2016, the Supreme Court of Virginia has adopted amendments to Paragraph 13: Procedure for Disciplining, Suspending, and Disbarring Attorneys.

Effective immediately, the Court also adopted amendments to Rule 3C:2: Uniform Fine Schedule.

The amendments were approved by the Supreme Court of Virginia on December 17, 2015.

The approved rule changes may be viewed here on the Virginia State Bar's rule changes web page.

Updated: Dec 21, 2015
December 18, 2015

Supreme Court of Virginia Amends Rules

Additional Info

View the Supreme Court of Virginia Order (PDF file)

Effective March 1, 2016, the Supreme Court of Virginia has approved amendments to Rule 1.1 Competence and Rule 1.6 Client Confidentiality.

The amendments regarding competence and confidentiality of information were approved by the Supreme Court of Virginia on 12/17/2015. The approved rule change may be viewed here on Virginia State Bar's Rule Changes web page.

Updated: Dec 18, 2015
December 01, 2015

Virginia State Bar E-News, December 2015

The Virginia State Bar is seeking comments on proposed amendments to the policies and procedures of the Judicial Candidate Evaluation Committee.

The VSB is seeking comments on a proposal to fund the Diversity Conference  from mandatory dues.

Effective February 1, 2016, The Supreme Court of Virginia has approved amendments to two rules:

  • Rule 5.5: Unauthorized Practice of Law; Multijurisdictional Practice of Law.
  • Rule 8.3: Reporting Misconduct.

Experienced judges and lawyers will provide practice tips at the First Day in Practice seminar. The December 10 seminar is sponsored by the VSB General Practice Section and the Young Lawyers Conference. Six CLE credits, two ethics (pending). Space is limited.

The MCLE Form 1 End of Year Report deadline is 4:45 p.m. on December 15.

Volunteers are needed to serve the Virginia State Bar’s boards and committees. The Nominating Committee will refer nominees to the VSB Council for consideration at its June meeting.

The 46th Annual Criminal Law Seminar, sponsored by the VSB Criminal Law Section and Virginia CLE, will be February 5 in Williamsburg and February 12 in Charlottesville.

The VSB is seeking nominations for the following awards:

President-elect Robinson seeks members for Virginia State Bar committees with terms commencing July 1, 2016.

The Standing Committee on Lawyer Discipline calls for nominations for district committee vacancies to be filled by the VSB Council in June

Registration is open for the April 25 VSB TECHSHOW at the Greater Richmond Convention Center.

The annual Law in Society essay contest for high school students is accepting entries.

Save the date for the YLC Celebration of Women and Minorities in the Legal Profession Bench Bar Dinner on March 23 at University of Richmond Jepson Alumni Center.

Updated: Dec 01, 2015
November 30, 2015

New FAQ #26—Client’s Intent to Commit Suicide

Lawyers have often dealt with depressed clients, including clients who, sadly, have informed the lawyer that they intend to take their own life, for example, if their case does not turnout well. How should a lawyer respond? This frequently asked question and others are answered by the VSB Ethics Counsel at http://www.vsb.org/profguides/FAQ_leos/LegalEthicsFAQs.html

If you have a question about legal ethics, be sure to visit the Virginia State Bar’s “Frequently Asked Questions” page, where you will find frequently asked questions about legal ethics and trust accounting, guidance about legal ethics and social networking, guidelines for closing your law practice and successorship planning for death and disability. http://www.vsb.org/site/regulation/faqs

Updated: Nov 30, 2015
November 24, 2015

Nominations Sought For Committee Vacancies

Volunteers are needed to serve the Virginia State Bar’s boards and committees.  The Nominating Committee will refer nominees to the VSB Council for consideration at its June meeting.

Vacancies in 2016 are listed below.  All appointments will be for the terms specified, beginning on July 1, 2016, unless otherwise noted.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE:  6 vacancies (1 current member is not eligible for reappointment, and 5 current members are eligible for reappointment).  Filled from ranks of the council for 1-year terms, by council appointment.   

CLIENTS’ PROTECTION FUND BOARD:  7 vacancies (2 current lawyer members from the 2nd and 5th disciplinary districts are not eligible for reelection; 3 current lawyer members from the 1st, 4th and 9th disciplinary districts are eligible for reelection; 1 current lawyer member at-large is not eligible for reelection; and 1 current lay member at-large is not eligible for reelection).  May serve 2 consecutive 3-year terms.  Appointment by council.

JUDICIAL CANDIDATE EVALUATION COMMITTEE:  4 lawyer vacancies (of which 2 vacancies are to be filled by a member from the 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th or 8th  judicial circuits; 1 vacancy is to be filled by a member from the 6th, 11th, 12th, 13th or 14th judicial circuits and 1 member at-large vacancy).  May serve 1 full 3-year term.  Appointment by council.

AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION DELEGATES:  1 lawyer vacancy (1 current member is eligible for reappointment).  May serve 3 consecutive 2-year terms.  Appointment by council.  Term commences September 1, 2016.

Nominations, along with a brief résumé, should be sent by March 11, 2016, to:

VSB Nominating Committee
c/o Asha Holloman
Virginia State Bar
1111 East Main Street, Suite 700
Richmond, VA 23219-0026
Updated: Nov 24, 2015
November 23, 2015

Justice Sotomayor Offers Richmond Students Advice, Reflection

Sotomayor photo

By Deirdre Norman

US Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the third woman and the first Hispanic appointed to the Court, spent an hour discussing her new book and answering questions from law students in the Merhige Moot Courtroom at the University of Richmond November 18.

Early in the event, when asked for advice for young lawyers, Justice Sotomayor replied, “If you have the opportunity, go clerk for a judge. That’s a professional mistake I made.”

Dean Wendy Perdue’s wry response: “It worked out OK,” brought laughter from the students and the faculty, who filled the courtroom and overflowed into adjoining rooms where the event was live-streamed.

Sotomayor’s book, My Beloved World, chronicles her life from growing up in a Bronx housing project to when she was nominated to become a federal district judge in New York, and recounts her struggles with juvenile diabetes and the death of her alcoholic father when she was 9. Sotomayor said the book “was an escape back into my old life and an effort to remain me and hang on to Sonia.”

When asked by Perdue to discuss her use of the term “undocumented immigrant” rather than “illegal alien” in Mohawk v. Carpenter, a first in the Supreme Court lexicon, Sotomayor responded, “Justice Breyer once said that the only currency we have in getting people to accept our opinions is the language of persuasion.”

Sotomayor focused extensively on human issues, including empathy, giving back, the importance of making real connections with classmates and friends, and sensitivity to the feelings of others in the courtroom, to which she referenced Safford Unified School District v. Redding, where the court found the strip search of a 13-year-old girl unconstitutional.

To a student who questioned what she would like to tell the framers of the Constitution as it effects the judiciary, Sotomayor replied, “I probably would have told the framers that Congress could not specify what our standards of review are.” She went on to say that she felt too much statutory and civil law has moved the courts away from common law, allowing, “I am a common law justice more than a lot of my colleagues.”

Sotomayor said that she is aware of her impact on others in society. She admitted that she almost pulled out of the nomination process for the Supreme Court because, “Many said I was not intelligent enough to be on the Supreme Court. It was very painful.”

After a friend pointed out that this nomination was not only about her, but about others, including the friend’s own daughter who would look to her as a Hispanic woman in a position of power, she decided to carry on, particularly when President Obama encouraged her by saying, “‘Judge, remember the press is a distortion.’”

When questioned whether the Supreme Court should be a leader in social change, Sotomayor said, “We’ve led in some areas, and been behind in others,” suggesting that the area of women’s rights had lagged particularly. As an example she mentioned that the Supreme Court was still excluding mothers from jury duty in the 1960s and that it was not until the 1990s when Justices Ginsburg and O’Connor were on the bench that “finally we had a decision that favored women such as the VMI case.” (United States v. Virginia)

About the role of the Supreme Court, Sotomayor said, “If we get too far ahead, our opinions will not be followed. If we get too far behind, our opinions are not valued. We move with and grow with society.”

Responding to a question as to what advice she would give to children who are growing up underprivileged, Sotomayor stressed the importance of appreciating all accomplishments, no matter how small, and of each person defining their success in their own terms. She pointed out that her initial salary as a district attorney was $17,500 a year, far less than many of her law school friends were making as private attorneys. Yet she reminded herself that this was far more money than her own mother, a nurse, had ever made.

She concluded, “I think that hope is kept alive by what I call realistic expectations.”  

Updated: Nov 25, 2015
November 17, 2015

Supreme Court of Virginia Approves Amendments

The Supreme Court of Virginia has approved amendments to two rules:

Rule 5.5: Unauthorized Practice of Law; Multijurisdictional Practice of Law.

Rule 8.3: Reporting Misconduct.

View PDF file

Updated: Nov 17, 2015
November 02, 2015

Virginia State Bar E-News, November 2015

Supreme Court of Virginia Takes Action on Rules.

The Virginia State Bar is seeking comments on proposed amendments to the policies and procedures of the Judicial Candidate Evaluation Committee.  

The VSB is seeking comments on a proposal to fund the Diversity Conference  from mandatory dues. 

In an order dated October 20, 2015,  the Virginia Supreme Court reestablished the Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee. 

The Supreme Court of Virginia has amended Rule 5:20: Petition for Rehearing After Refusal of Petition for Appeal, the Denial of the Appeal, Refusal of Assignments of Cross-Error, or Disposition of an Original Jurisdiction Petition.  

Experienced judges and lawyers will provide practice tips at the First Day in Practice seminar. The December 10 seminar is sponsored by the VSB General Practice Section and the Young Lawyers Conference. Six CLE credits, two ethics (pending). Space is limited. 

The MCLE Form 1 End of Year Report deadline is 4:45 p.m. December 15.

The 46th Annual Criminal Law Seminar, sponsored by the VSB Criminal Law Section and Virginia CLE, will be February 5 in Williamsburg and February 12 in Charlottesville.

The VSB is seeking nominations for the following awards:

President-elect Robinson seeks members for Virginia State Bar committees with terms commencing July 1, 2016

The annual Law in Society essay contest for high school students is accepting entries.

Updated: Oct 30, 2015
October 30, 2015

Supreme Court of Virginia Takes Action on Rules

Effective immediately, the Supreme Court of Virginia:

  • Amended Paragraph 10, Section IV of the Rules for Integration of the Virginia State Bar, Part Six of the Rules of the Court, Promulgation of Legal Ethics, Unauthorized Practice of Law Opinions, and Rules of Court; Informal Staff Opinions of Ethics Counsel; and Complaints of Unauthorized Practice of Law; (see revisions with changes marked) and
  • Amended Part Three A, Appendix of Forms, Form 6 (Suggested Questions to Be Put by the Court to an Accused Who Has Pleaded Guilty (Rule 3A:8)) & 11 (Misdemeanor Proceedings in District and Circuit Courts (Rule 3A:8(b)(2); Rule 7C:6; and Rule 8:18)).

 

Effective January 1, 2016, the Court:

  • Amended Rule 5:21, Special Rules Applicable to Certain Appeals of Right;
  • Amended Rule 5:35, Attorney's Fees, Costs, and Notarized Bill of Costs, and  5A:30, Attorney Fees, Costs and Notarized Bill of Costs;
  • Amended Rules 5:13A, Digital Appellate Record: Preparation and Transmission, and  5A:10A, Digital Appellate Record: Preparation and Transmission; and
  • Added Part Ten, Provision of Legal Services Following Determination of Major Disaster.

Effective July 1, 2016, the Court:

Updated: Oct 30, 2015
October 29, 2015

Volunteers Sought for VSB Committees

Virginia State Bar President-elect Michael W. Robinson invites Virginia lawyers to volunteer for bar committees. Appointments generally will be for three-year terms that run from July 1, 2016, through June 30, 2019.

A list of committees and an application form is available online. To be considered for an appointment, mail or e-mail the form to Asha Holloman, holloman@vsb.org, by February 26, 2016. Questions should be addressed to Asha Holloman at (804) 775-0551 or aholloman@vsb.org. Persons of diversity are encouraged to apply.

Updated: Nov 13, 2015
October 26, 2015

Comments Sought on Proposal to Fund the Diversity Conference

The Diversity Conference of the Virginia State Bar has existed since 2010 following the Supreme Court of Virginia’s approval of its creation and mission. The Diversity Conference receives no money from bar dues. It is funded through private donations from entities that support the activities of the conference, which focus on “increasing diversity in the legal profession and . . . ensuring that Virginia meets the legal needs of an increasingly diverse population.” 

The Attorney General of Virginia issued a formal opinion on October 2, 2015, that the mission of the conference creates no constitutional barrier to it being funded by revenue from mandatory dues. [See http://www.oag.state.va.us/files/Opinions/2015/Wexton_15-017.pdf and Keller v. State Bar of California, 496 U.S. 1 (1990.]

The VSB currently funds three conferences: the Conference of Local Bar Associations, the Senior Lawyers Conference, and the Young Lawyers Conference. At its February 2016 meeting, the VSB Council will consider funding the Diversity Conference.  

You are invited to comment on the issue by January 1, 2016, by e-mailing the Executive Director of the Virginia State Bar at publiccomment@vsb.org:

Should the Virginia State Bar Diversity Conference be eligible for funding from state bar funds in the same manner as the Conference of Local Bar Associations, the Senior Lawyers Conference, and the Young Lawyers Conference?

Updated: Nov 02, 2015
October 21, 2015

Supreme Court of Virginia Re-establishes Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee

On October 20, 2015, Chief Justice Donald W. Lemons signed an order re-establishing the Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee.

view the press release

Updated: Oct 21, 2015
October 08, 2015

Registration is Ongoing for the Annual Pro Bono Conference

The Special Committee on Access to Legal Services will hold its annual Pro Bono Conference and Celebration on October 21 in Williamsburg. To register for the conference, which will include the presentation of the Lewis F. Powell, Jr. Pro Bono Award to George H. Hettrick., go to http://www.vsb.org/docs/probono/2015-10-PB-conf-reg.pdf.

Updated: Oct 08, 2015
October 07, 2015

Supreme Court of Virginia Amends Rule

Effective immediately, the Supreme Court of Virginia has amended Rule 5:20: Petition for Rehearing After Refusal of Petition for Appeal, the Denial of the Appeal, Refusal of Assignments of Cross-Error, or Disposition of an Original Jurisdiction Petition.

view the rule (PDF file)

Updated: Oct 07, 2015
October 06, 2015

Comments Sought on Proposed Amendments to JCEC Policy

The Virginia State Bar is seeking comments on proposed amendments to the policies and procedures of the Judicial Candidate Evaluation Committee. Comments should be submitted to Karen A. Gould, Executive Director, Virginia State Bar, 1111 E. Main St., Suite 700, Richmond, VA 23219-0026, no later than the end of the business day on December 12, 2015. Comments may be submitted via e-mail to publiccomment@vsb.org.

view the proposed amendments (Word doc)

Updated: Oct 06, 2015
October 02, 2015

Virginia State Bar E-News, October 2015

The Special Committee on Access to Legal Services will hold its annual Pro Bono Conference and Celebration on October 21 in Williamsburg.

The Standing Committee on Lawyer Discipline calls for nominations for district committee vacancies to be filled by Council in June.

The annual Law In Society essay contest for high school students is accepting entries.

The Criminal Law Section is accepting nominations for the Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Award. Nominations are due by December 7.

The Special Committee on the Better Annual Meeting is seeking comments on its proposal to amend the term of its committee members from three years to five years because of the need for institutional memory. 

Membership dues must be received by October 13 to avoid suspension. Members may pay at the member’s portal or by mail.

The deadline for completing your MCLE requirements is October 31. Failure to complete twelve CLE hours, including two hours in ethics/professionalism and four hours from live interactive programs by the deadline, will result in a $100 non-compliance fee. Please visit the MCLE page to see a list of approved courses or check your credits, and certify your MCLE attendance on the member portal

The Understanding the Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions: How to Navigate Criminal and Immigration Proceedings in Virginia CLE on October 29 will be at George Mason School of Law from noon to 4 p.m. The seminar is sponsored by the Young Lawyers Conference and open to all.

Save the date for the 46th Annual Criminal Law Seminar, sponsored by the VSB Criminal Law Section and Virginia CLE, scheduled for February 5 in Williamsburg and February 12 in Charlottesville.

Updated: Oct 02, 2015
September 28, 2015

Liberty University Seeks Lawyers to Judge ABA Competition

Liberty University will be one of the host schools for this year’s American Bar Association Law Student Division Negotiation Competition. Liberty is seeking volunteer lawyers to judge the competition. Law students from Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia will participate in this contest. Moot Court judges are needed on Saturday, November 7, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and Saturday, November 7, from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Sunday, November 8, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The competition simulates legal negotiations in which law students, acting as lawyers and operating in teams of two, negotiate opposing interests in a series of legal problems. This competition provides students with a unique opportunity to develop practical skills that will enable them to become proficient attorneys.

This is an excellent opportunity for current attorneys to instruct and participate in the development of the next generation of lawyers. The judges will grade participants based upon their legal analysis, poise, creativity, communication, and negotiation skills. The teams receiving the highest scores on Saturday, November 7, will advance to the final round on Sunday, November 8. The winning team will advance to the National Negotiation Finals Competition in San Diego, CA.

To volunteer contact jhesch@liberty.edu or student representative Jeremiah Mosteller, at jgmosteller@gmail.com or (704) 472-3002.

Updated: Sep 28, 2015
September 24, 2015

CANCELED: Joint ADR Committee Offers CLE

This event has been canceled.

The Joint ADR Committee is offering a CLE at 1 p.m. on September 29 titled Ethical Considerations of Client Communication.

The one-hour seminar by phone/bridge call will earn participants 1.0 MCLE credit in ethics.  The seminar is free to members of the Joint Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee of the Virginia Bar Association and Virginia State Bar.

Non-ADR members can register for $25, which includes the program and Joint ADR Committee membership for a year. For details on the presenters and the topic, see the event webpage

Updated: Sep 28, 2015
September 23, 2015

Nominations Sought For District Committee Vacancies

The Standing Committee on Lawyer Discipline calls for nominations for district committee vacancies to be filled by Council in June.  Note that there are vacancies which may not become available because some members are eligible for reappointment.

To review qualifications for eligibility, see Rules of the Supreme Court of Virginia, Part 6, Section IV, Paragraph 13-4 – Establishment of District Committees, specifically 13-4.E (Qualifications of Members) and 13-4.F (Persons Ineligible for Appointment).

FIRST DISTRICT COMMITTEE:  3 attorney vacancies (2 current members are eligible for reappointment).  Vacancies are to be filled by members from the 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th or 8th judicial circuits.

SECOND DISTRICT COMMITTEE, SECTION I:  4 attorney vacancies (2 current members are eligible for reappointment).  Vacancies are to be filled by members from the 2nd or 4th judicial circuits.

SECOND DISTRICT COMMITTEE, SECTION II:  2 attorney vacancies (both members are eligible for reappointment); 2 non-attorney vacancies.  Vacancies are to be filled by members from the 2nd or 4th judicial circuits.

THIRD DISTRICT COMMITTEE, SECTION I:  3 attorney vacancies (2 current members are eligible for reappointment).  Vacancies are to be filled by members from the 6th, 11th, 12th, 13th or 14th judicial circuits.

THIRD DISTRICT COMMITTEE, SECTION II:  3 attorney vacancies (all 3 current members are eligible for reappointment); 1 non-attorney vacancy (current member is eligible for reappointment).  Vacancies are to be filled by members from the 6th, 11th, 12th, 13th or 14th judicial circuits.

THIRD DISTRICT COMMITTEE, SECTION III:  1 attorney vacancy (current member is eligible for reappointment).  Vacancies are to be filled by members from the 6th, 11th, 12th, 13th or 14th judicial circuits.

FOURTH DISTRICT COMMITTEE, SECTION I:  2 attorney vacancies (1 current member is eligible for reappointment); 1 non-attorney vacancy (current member is eligible for reappointment).  Vacancies are to be filled by members from the 17th or 18th judicial circuits.

FOURTH DISTRICT COMMITTEE, SECTION II:  3 attorney vacancies (1 current member is eligible for reappointment); 1 non-attorney vacancy.  Vacancies are to be filled by members from the 17th or 18th judicial circuits.

FIFTH DISTRICT COMMITTEE, SECTION I:  2 attorney vacancies (both current members are eligible for reappointment); 2 non-attorney vacancies (1 current member is eligible for reappointment).  Vacancies are to be filled by members from the 19th or 31st judicial circuits.

FIFTH DISTRICT COMMITTEE, SECTION II:  2 attorney vacancies; 1 non-attorney vacancy.  Vacancies are to be filled by members from the 19th or 31st judicial circuits.

FIFTH DISTRICT COMMITTEE, SECTION III:  3 attorney vacancies (2 current members are eligible for reappointment); 1 non-attorney vacancy (current member is eligible for reappointment).  Vacancies are to be filled by members from the 19th or 31st judicial circuits.

SIXTH DISTRICT COMMITTEE:  2 attorney vacancies; 1 non-attorney vacancy.  Vacancies are to be filled by members from the 9th or 15th judicial circuits.

SEVENTH DISTRICT COMMITTEE:  4 attorney vacancies (3 current members are eligible for reappointment).  Vacancies are to be filled by members from the 16th, 20th or 26th judicial circuits.

EIGHTH DISTRICT COMMITTEE:  1 attorney vacancy (current member is eligible for reappointment); 1 non-attorney vacancy.  Vacancies are to be filled by members from the 23rd or 25th judicial circuits.

NINTH DISTRICT COMMITTEE:  1 non-attorney vacancy (current member is eligible for reappointment).  Vacancies are to be filled by members from the 10th, 21st, 22nd or 24th judicial circuits.

TENTH DISTRICT COMMITTEE, SECTION I:  2 attorney vacancies; 1 non-attorney vacancy.  Vacancies are to be filled by members from the 27th, 28th, 29th or 30th judicial circuits.

TENTH DISTRICT COMMITTEE, SECTION II:  1 attorney vacancy; 1 non-attorney vacancy.  Vacancies are to be filled by members from the 27th, 28th, 29th or 30th judicial circuits.

Nominations, along with a brief resume, should be sent by February 28, 2016, to:

Stephanie Blanton
Virginia State Bar
1111 East Main Street, Suite 700
Richmond, VA 23219-0026
Updated: Sep 23, 2015
September 22, 2015

2016 High School Essay Contest Explores a School’s Right to Access Students’ Secrets

Is it OK for school administrators to go undercover or use false identities to dig out secret information from students’ social media pages? What if that information includes a test stolen from the school?

Those are the questions the Virginia State Bar (VSB) is asking students to address in its annual Law in Society essay competition. Essays are judged on how well they demonstrate the student’s understanding of the role and value of the legal system in everyday life. The purpose of the contest is to awaken an interest in law and appreciation of the US Constitution.

Virginia high school students age 19 or younger and enrolled in grades 9–12 or a home-school equivalent are eligible to submit an essay for a chance to win the competition and cash prizes. The contest is co-sponsored by the VSB Litigation Section and Communications Committee. The deadline for submissions is February 12, 2016.

The first place winner will receive $2,300 and the winning essay will be published on the VSB website. Other awards include $1,850 (second place), $1,350 (third place), and honorable mentions of $250 each. All winners receive a plaque and copy of Strunk and White’s Elements of Style. Awards will be presented in the spring at the winners’ schools.

This year’s competition examines a hypothetical situation at fictional Rocktown High School where it is apparent that students in an AP history class have somehow received advance information on test questions. A student tells teachers that the test was stolen and circulated among students in the class through a social media site. The school principal forces a student, under threat of suspension from school, to log into the secret site in front of her in order to confirm that the test questions were posted there. The principal then gets another student, again under the threat of suspension, to turn over his cell phone and show her text messages that include the names of the students who had advance knowledge of the test. All of the students involved are expelled from the school.

Contestants are asked to address whether a school administrator can demand that a student share her list of “friends” on a social media site; whether a school administrator or teacher can demand that a student surrender his or her cell phone and share private text messages; and whether there is a better course of action the school could take.

More information, including contest rules and last year’s winning essay, is posted at https://www.vsb.org/site/public/law-in-society

Updated: Sep 22, 2015
September 21, 2015

Registration Open for Ethical Considerations in Pro Bono Webinar

October 1, 2015, 2 p.m.

The Access Committee offers free, nuts and bolts training on substantive law and ethics for attorneys interested in providing pro bono publico legal services to economically disadvantaged Virginians. As the VSB's kickoff event for the National Pro Bono Celebration in October, this program will focus on the ethical rules and opinions for pro bono attorneys as well as provide information about the need and opportunities for pro bono service throughout Virginia. Topics and presenters include: 

1. The Justice Gap in Virginia and Rule 6.1 – John Whitfield, executive director, Blue Ridge Legal Services 
2. Other Ethical Rules and Opinions of Particular Relevance to Pro Bono Lawyers – Seth Guggenheim, assistant ethics counsel, Virginia State Bar 
3. Pro Bono Service by Solo and Small Firm Practitioners – Jennifer Grace Dean, Virginia Immigration Law Center 
4. How and Where to Get Pro Bono Cases – Tara Casey, director, Harry L. Carrico Center for Pro Bono Service, University of Richmond School of Law 

This training has been approved for 1.0 hour of CLE (1.0 Ethics). 

 Register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5696053341107352577

After registering, you will receive a confirmation e-mail containing information about joining the webinar.

Updated: Sep 23, 2015
September 14, 2015

VSB Announces Recipient of Lewis F. Powell, Jr. Pro Bono Award

The Lewis F. Powell Jr. Pro Bono Award this year will be awarded to a lawyer who has led the bro bono efforts of one of the most influential law firms in Virginia for twenty-five years, George H. Hettrick.

Hettrick is chair of the Pro Bono Leadership Committee at Hunton & Williams in Richmond. He was the driving force behind the firm’s creation of pro bono offices in the Church Hill community in Richmond, in Charlottesville, where the firm works with the University of Virginia Law School, and in Atlanta.

In nominating Hettrick for the award, Christopher M. Malone of ThompsonMcMullan in Richmond wrote, “In my view, there is no individual lawyer in Virginia who has made a more significant impact in the development of pro bono service delivery in our state. George’s commitment to pro bono service and his encouragement to others to engage in pro bono work is unparalleled. George has inspired, challenged, cajoled and begged all to accept responsibility for making pro bono work a central part of the practice of law. George has been creative in coming up with innovative ideas for the expansion of pro bono services throughout the commonwealth.”

Hettrick graduated from Cornell University in 1962 and received his law degree from Harvard University in 1965. He joined Hunton & Williams in 1965. He served as special counsel to Governor Linwood Holton in 1970-71. He is a board member in several community organizations including The Greater Richmond Bar Foundation, the Chesterfield/Colonial Heights Drug Court Foundation, Lawyers Helping Lawyers, and the Partnership for Nonprofit Excellence. He is also a member of the Virginia Access to Justice Commission, the Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs of the American Bar Association, the Committee on Substance Abuse of the ABA, and the Pro Bono Committee of the Bar Association of Richmond.

Tara Louise Casey, director of the Harry L. Carrico Center for Pro Bono Service at the University of Richmond School of Law, noted: “The effect of (Hettrick’s) legacy in the legal world is profound, with pro bono now seen as seamlessly woven into the obligation of practice. It would not be an overstatement to say that because of George, Virginia now has a robust Firms in Service, a robust Access to Justice Commission, a robust Lawyers Helping Lawyers, and a robust nationwide reputation for being a collaborative, cooperative place of pro bono practice. …I hope he will accept (the award) not only as recognition of his tremendous body of work but also as a heartfelt thank you from a grateful legal community.”

The Powell award was established by the Special Committee on Access to Legal Services of the Virginia State Bar to honor attorneys and attorney groups that have made outstanding pro bono contributions. This year’s award will be presented October 21 during the Virginia State Bar Pro Bono Conference and Celebration in Williamsburg.

Updated: Sep 14, 2015
September 04, 2015

Supreme Court Preview

The Institute of Bill of Rights Law at William & Mary Law School will host the 28th Annual Supreme Court Preview on September 25 and 26 to mark the new term of the United States Supreme Court. The Preview brings together Court advocates, journalists, law professors, and practitioners to review significant cases that have been granted certiorari for the upcoming term of the Court. A highlight of the event is the Friday evening Moot Court, during which seasoned advocates argue a controversial upcoming case. The Preview is nationally recognized for providing insight into the upcoming term. It has been approved for 6 CLE credits.

Updated: Sep 04, 2015
September 02, 2015

Virginia State Bar E-News, September 2015

Effective immediately, the Supreme Court of Virginia has approved an amendment to Paragraph 13-4E: Establishment of District Committees. The Court also adopted Paragraph 13.4: Insurance Coverage Requirement for Respondents Under Va. Code § 54.1-3935(D).

The Poverty and the Law: Understanding Poverty seminar on September 18 has been approved for three hours of MCLE (one hour Ethics). The seminar is sponsored by the Special Committee on Access to Legal Services and the University of Richmond School of Law.

The Special Committee on the Better Annual Meeting is seeking comments on its proposal to amend the term of its committee members from three years to five years because of the need for institutional memory. 

The Young Lawyers Conference 14th annual Professional Development Conference will be September 25 at four locations – Washington, D.C., Richmond, Virginia Beach, and Tysons Corner.

Registration is open for the October 1 seminar -- Let’s Talk Tech: Bringing Lawyers & Technology Together in an Ethical & Practical Way.

Registration is open for the 2015 VSB Pro Bono Conference and Celebration, Wednesday, October 21, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Williamsburg. 

Membership dues must be received by October 13 to avoid suspension. Members may pay at the member’s portal or by mail.

Updated: Sep 01, 2015
August 27, 2015

Register now for the October 1 seminar—Let’s Talk Tech

The “Let’s Talk Tech: Bringing Lawyers & Technology Together in an Ethical & Practical Way” seminar on October 1 is sponsored by the VSB Special Committee on Technology and the Practice of Law and the Richmond Bar Association. It has been approved for four hours of MCLE, including three hours of ethics.

Updated: Aug 27, 2015
August 25, 2015

Lowenstein Elected to Represent the 4th Circuit

Neil S. Lowenstein has been elected as the new 4th Judicial Circuit representative on the VSB Council. He term begins immediately. He received the majority of the 217 votes cast in the election.

Updated: Aug 25, 2015
August 24, 2015

Register now for the September 18 seminar - Poverty and the Law: Understanding Poverty

The Poverty and the Law: Understanding Poverty seminar on September 18 has been approved for three hours of MCLE (one hour Ethics). The seminar is sponsored by the Special Committee on Access to Legal Services and the University of Richmond School of Law.

Updated: Aug 21, 2015
August 21, 2015

Supreme Court of Virginia Adopts Amendment and Addition to Rules

Effective immediately, the Supreme Court of Virginia has approved an amendment to Paragraph 13-4E: Establishment of District Committees. The Court also adopted Paragraph 13.4: Insurance Coverage Requirement for Respondents Under Va. Code § 54.1-3935(D).

view the Supreme Court of Virginia order (PDF file)

Updated: Aug 21, 2015
August 18, 2015

C. Flippo Hicks, 1924–2015

Hicks photo

C. Flippo Hicks, president of the Virginia State Bar in 1990–91, died August 13 at Heron Cove in Gloucester. Mr. Hicks had a long and distinguished legal career. In addition to serving the bar as president, he was president of the Middle Peninsula Bar Association, a member of the VSB Special Committee on Tort Reform and the VSB Special Committee Establishing Third Year Practice. He was a chair of the bar’s Litigation Section and the General Practice Section. He also served on numerous other bar organizations.

When he was interviewed upon becoming president of the VSB in July 1990, he told Virginia Lawyer, “I have loved the law since elementary school when my father took me to hear cases argued in the Circuit Court of Caroline County.”  He went on to say, “I might not be able to do everything I would like to as president of the bar and they may not like everything I do, but they will know I have been there.”

Mr. Hicks, who was born February 24, 1929, grew up in Port Royal. He received his undergraduate degree in commerce from the University of Virginia in 1950 and his law degree there in 1952. He was an assistant attorney general of Virginia from 1952 to 1959 when he moved to Gloucester and joined the DeHardit law firm. He remained in private practice until his retirement.

 

In 1962, Mr. Hicks became general counsel to the Virginia Association of Counties and was its senior lobbyist for forty years. According to The Richmond Times-Dispatch, Mr. Hicks was involved in landmark legislative decisions such as integration, annexation, school funding, and public kindergarten. His work in 1966 implementing the first statewide sales tax, which would go on to generate revenue for local schools, was one of the first collaborative efforts of the Virginia Association of Counties and the Virginia Municipal League. He received the Edward J. Finnegan Award for Distinguished Service by the Local Government Attorneys of Virginia as recognition of his effectiveness as a lobbyist. In 2002, the Virginia Association of Counties bestowed its highest honor, the Jefferson Cup Award, in recognition of his outstanding contributions to local government.

Updated: Aug 18, 2015
August 17, 2015

Deadline Near For Lewis F. Powell Jr. Pro Bono Award Nominations

The Access to Legal Services Committee of the Virginia State Bar is seeking nominations for the Lewis F. Powell Jr. Pro Bono Award. The deadline for receipt of nominations is Friday, August 21. The award will be presented at a ceremony during the Virginia Pro Bono and Legal Aid Conference, Wednesday, October 21, 2015, at the Doubletree by Hilton Williamsburg Hotel.

Updated: Aug 17, 2015
August 06, 2015

Comments Sought on Proposed Amendment to Better Annual Meeting Committee Bylaws

The Special Committee on the Better Annual Committee proposes amending the term of its committee members from three years to five years because of the need for institutional memory. The proposed bylaw amendment is set forth below. Comments should be submitted to Karen A. Gould, Executive Director, Virginia State Bar, 1111 E. Main St., Suite 700, Richmond, VA 23219-0026, no later than the end of the business day on October 15, 2015. Comments may be submitted via e-mail to publiccomment@vsb.org.

PART 1 – BYLAWS OF THE VIRGINIA STATE BAR

ARTICLE V

Committees

Sec. 4. Members of special committees shall be appointed to three-year terms, with the exception of the Special Committee on the Better Annual Meeting and the Special Committee on Lawyer Malpractice Insurance whose members shall be appointed to five-year terms. No member shall serve more than two consecutive terms on such a committee. A member appointed to fill an unexpired term shall be eligible to serve two additional full terms. An eligible member wishing to be reappointed to a special committee shall be required to reapply in writing prior to the end of his or her current term under procedures established by Council and administered by the executive director. If any member of a committee fails to attend either three meetings during any bar year or two successive meetings of the committee without providing an explanation satisfactory to the committee chair, or in the case of a lawyer member, is declared not in good standing with the Virginia State Bar, such person’s position shall automatically be considered vacated and filled as in the case of other vacancies.

Updated: Aug 06, 2015
August 05, 2015

4th Circuit Election

Ballots for the open 4th Circuit seat on the VSB Council will be e-mailed to eligible voters on Monday, August 10. The election will close on August 24. The vacancy is for an unexpired term beginning September 1, 2015, and ending June 30, 2017. Read statements from candidates Neil Lowenstein and Christian Connell.

Updated: Aug 17, 2015
August 03, 2015

Virginia State Bar E-News, August 2015

The Supreme Court of Virginia has adopted amended Rule of Professional Conduct 1.10: Imputed Disqualification: General Rule.

The Standing Committee on Legal Ethics has issued three Legal Ethics Opinions as final.

  • LEO 1880: Obligations of a court-appointed attorney to advise his indigent client of the right of appeal following conviction upon a guilty plea; duty of court-appointed attorney to follow the indigent client’s instruction to appeal following a guilty plea when the attorney believes the appeal would be frivolous.
  • LEO 1882: Conflict between criminal clients when one client expresses a desire to testify against the other.
  • LEO 1883: Ethical obligations of a lawyer for a chapter 7 bankruptcy petitioner in handling fixed fees advanced by the client.

Volunteers are needed to serve the Virginia State Bar’s boards and committees. The Nominating Committee will refer nominees to the VSB Council for consideration at its October meeting. 

The Special Committee on Access to Legal Services is seeking nominations for the Lewis F. Powell Jr. Pro Bono Award.

The MCLE interim report will be release this month. Now is the time to check your online record and plan your MCLE compliance. Apply now for any non-approved course that you have attended. The MCLE compliance deadline is October 31, 2015.

Save the date: the Special Committee on Access to Legal Services will hold its annual Pro Bono Conference and Celebration on October 21 at the Doubletree by Hilton Williamsburg Hotel.

Ballots for the open 4th Circuit seat on the VSB Council will be e-mailed to eligible voters on Monday, August 10, accompanied by statements of qualifications and the candidates’ pictures. Questions or requests for additional information should be directed to Asha Holloman at (804) 775-0551 or Holloman@vsb.org.

Updated: Aug 03, 2015
July 31, 2015

Court Adopts Amendment to Rule of Professional Conduct 1.10

Effective immediately, the Supreme Court of Virginia has adopted amended Rule 1.10: Imputed Disqualification: General Rule.

The amendment to Rule 1.10 regarding conflict of interest was approved by the Supreme Court of Virginia 07/31/2015 and is effective immediately. The approved rule change may be viewed here on Virginia State Bar's Rule Changes web page.

Updated: Jul 31, 2015
July 27, 2015

Legal Ethics Opinions 1880, 1882, and 1883 Are Final

The Standing Committee on Legal Ethics has issued three Legal Ethics Opinions as final.

LEO 1880: Obligations of a court-appointed attorney to advise his indigent client of the right of appeal following conviction upon a guilty plea; duty of court-appointed attorney to follow the indigent client’s instruction to appeal following a guilty plea when the attorney believes the appeal would be frivolous.

LEO 1882: Conflict between criminal clients when one client expresses a desire to testify against the other.

LEO 1883: Ethical obligations of a lawyer for a chapter 7 bankruptcy petitioner in handling fixed fees advanced by the client.

Updated: Jul 27, 2015
July 21, 2015

VSB Member Portal will be down Sunday, July 26

The Virginia State Bar website will be down from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, July 26, while service is performed on the Bank of America Building’s power grid. The VSB office is in the Bank of America Building in Richmond and the data center is on the power grid. All VSB systems will be unavailable during the power outage.

Updated: Jul 21, 2015
July 06, 2015

Virginia State Bar E-News, July 2015

Dues statements were mailed June 18. The annual dues must be received at the Virginia State Bar by July 31, or delinquency fees will be assessed. All active members must pay the Clients' Protection Fund assessment and provide a completed and signed Mandatory Certification Regarding Professional Liability Insurance, also by July 31. Separate fines will be assessed for unpaid dues, unpaid CPF fees, and incomplete liability insurance certifications. You may renew your membership, certify your liability insurance coverage, join VSB sections, and pay your dues online by going to Member Login on the VSB home page.  Corporate Counsel Registrants may also use this feature.

The Advisory Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure of the Judicial Council of Virginia seeks comment on the proposed revision to Rule 1:5. The proposed changes seek to address three commonly occurring issues when a party is proceeding pro se or becomes pro se in the course of a case.

At its meeting on June 18, 2015, in Virginia Beach, the Virginia State Bar Council approved and sent to the Supreme Court of Virginia for its approval:

The 4th Circuit will be holding an election for one seat on Council, the VSB's governing body, for an unexpired term beginning September 1, 2015 and ending June 30, 2017. If you are interested in serving on Council, e-mail a nominating petition to the executive director, Karen A. Gould, elections@vsb.org. Petition must be signed by not fewer than ten other members eligible to vote in the circuit, and shall be accompanied by a statement of qualifications not exceeding one hundred and fifty words and a digital photo (headshot). Nominations must be filed in the office of the executive director on or before August 3.

Volunteers are needed to serve the Virginia State Bar’s boards and committees. The Nominating Committee will refer nominees to the VSB Council for consideration at its October meeting. 

The Access to Legal Services Committee of the Virginia State Bar is seeking nominations for the Lewis F. Powell Jr. Pro Bono Award.

Updated: Jul 06, 2015
June 29, 2015

VSB Access Committee is seeking nominations for the Lewis F. Powell Jr. Pro Bono Award

The Powell Award was established to honor those attorneys and attorney groups that have made outstanding pro bono contributions. The award will be presented at a ceremony during the Virginia Pro Bono and Legal Aid Conference, Wednesday, October 21, 2015, at the Doubletree by Hilton Williamsburg Hotel.

Nominations should be sent to Virginia State Bar Access to Legal Services Committee, c/o Karl A. Doss, 1111 East Main Street, Suite 700, Richmond, Virginia 23219-0026 (or e-mail nominations and supporting documents to doss@vsb.org ). Nominations must be received by 5:00 pm, Friday, August 21, 2015.

entry information and past recipients

Updated: Jun 29, 2015
June 29, 2015

Nominations Sought for Board and Committee Vacancies

Nominations Sought for Board and Committee Vacancies

Volunteers are needed to serve the Virginia State Bar’s boards and committees. The Nominating Committee will refer nominees to the VSB Council for consideration at its October meeting.

Vacancies in 2016 are listed below. All appointments or elections will be for the terms specified, beginning on July 1, 2016.

Council Members at Large: 3 lawyer vacancies (of which 1 incumbent is not eligible for reappointment and 2 incumbents are eligible for reappointment to a second term). May serve 2 consecutive 3-year terms.

Disciplinary Board: 6 lawyer vacancies and 1 lay member vacancy (of which 4 lawyer members are eligible for reappointment to a second 3-year term, and 1 lay member is not eligible for reappointment). District committee service is required. May serve 2 consecutive 3-year terms.

Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Board: 3 lawyer vacancies (of which 1 member is not eligible for reappointment and 2 current members are eligible for reappointment to a second term). May serve 2 consecutive 3-year terms.

Virginia Law Foundation Board:  3 vacancies (of which 2 current lawyer members are eligible for reelection) and 1 lay member (who is not eligible for reelection). May serve 2 consecutive 3-year terms.  Appointment by VLF Board on recommendation of council.

Nominations, along with a brief résumé, should be sent by September 4, 2015, to
Kevin E. Martingayle, Chair, VSB Nominating Committee, Virginia State Bar,
1111 E. Main St., Suite 700, Richmond, VA 23219-0026, or e-mailed to nominations@vsb.org.
 

Updated: Jul 10, 2015
June 23, 2015

Highlights of the June 18, 2015, Virginia State Bar Council Meeting

At its meeting on June 18, 2015, in Virginia Beach, the Virginia State Bar Council heard the following significant reports and took the following actions:

Amendment to Rules of Professional Conduct 5.5, Comment [1a]

The council unanimously approved the following proposed amendments to Rule of Professional Conduct 5.5, Comment [1a]: Unauthorized Practice of Law; Multijurisdictional Practice of Law. The proposed amendment clarifies that the rule applies to any lawyer, not simply lawyers authorized by the Supreme Court of Virginia or its rules to practice law in Virginia. The rule prohibits a lawyer from practicing law in a jurisdiction in violation of the regulation of the legal profession in that jurisdiction, or from assisting another in doing so. The amendment allows for non-Virginia lawyers who commit misconduct in Virginia to be disciplined under this rule.

 

Rule 8.3(e)

The council unanimously approved the following proposed amendment to rule 8.3(e): Regarding self-reporting of misconduct. The proposed amendment requires an attorney who has been disciplined in another jurisdiction for a violation of the rules of professional conduct in that jurisdiction, convicted of a felony, or convicted of a crime involving theft, fraud, extortion, bribery or perjury, or an attempt to do so, to report the matter in writing to the clerk of the disciplinary system of the Virginia State Bar not later than sixty days following entry of any final order or judgment of conviction or discipline. The current rule requires attorneys to report such matters to the bar but sets forth no deadlines, means of reporting, or persons to whom they should report.

 

Paragraph 13-11

The council unanimously approved proposed amendments to the Rules of the Supreme Court of Virginia, Part 6, § IV, Paragraph 13-11: Limited Right to Discovery, regarding disclosure of exculpatory evidence. The proposed amendments state that bar counsel shall comply with the duty to disclose exculpatory evidence regardless of other rules that proscribe such disclosure on the basis that the information is confidential and shall not be disclosed. The proposed amendments also allow for notice by regular mail to attorneys and complainants affected by the disclosure of otherwise confidential information pertaining to them, unless the bar counsel determines that giving notice of the disclosure of confidential information will prejudice a disciplinary investigation.   

 

Paragraph 13-25

The council unanimously approved proposed amendments to the Rules of the Supreme Court of Virginia, Part 6, IV, Paragraph 13-25: Board Proceedings for Reinstatement. These proposed amendments affect the procedures governing the reinstatement of attorneys whose licenses have been revoked. The proposed amendments streamline the rule by consolidating into one place all of the threshold requirements for submitting petitions for reinstatement. The proposed amendments also make these threshold requirements a condition precedent to consideration of a petition for reinstatement. Further, they provide for reinstatement petitions to be filed initially not with the Supreme Court of Virginia but with the clerk of the disciplinary system to determine whether the threshold requirements have been met. The proposed amendments also fully incorporate the so-called Hiss factors that the hearing panel may consider in determining whether to recommend reinstatement, rather than incorporating by reference the case that sets forth those factors. Finally, the proposed amendments consolidate into one place the steps that the hearing panel must follow upon making its determination.        

 

Proposed Amendment to Bylaws to Eliminate Online Elections

By a vote of 59-6, a motion to amend the bylaws of the Virginia State Bar, Article III, Election of President-Elect, Sec.4(b), to eliminate online elections for president-elect was defeated.

 

Budget

The council approved a $14.6 million budget for 2015-16. This is an increase of $836,000 over the 2014-15 operating budget. It includes a 2 percent raise for VSB employees and a compression adjustment of $65 per year up to thirty years for employees with five or more years of service, paralleling increases for state employees.

Updated: Jun 23, 2015
June 20, 2015

Michael W. Robinson is President-elect of the Virginia State Bar

Robinson photo

Michael W. Robinson, of Tysons Corner, is the Virginia State Bar’s new president-elect. He will serve in that position for one year and then succeed Edward L. Weiner for the 2016-17 term.

Robinson took office June 20 during the VSB’s Annual Meeting in Virginia Beach.

Robinson, a partner with Venable LLC, has been serving as the 19th District representative on the VSB Council and as chair of the Standing Committee on Legal Ethics. He previously served as chair of the Special Committee on Bench-Bar Relations and has been on the faculty of the Professionalism Course.

He also is a member of the Fairfax County Bar Association.

Robinson is a graduate of George Mason University, where he received a B.A. in philosophy. His law degree is also from George Mason University.

His practice focuses on commercial disputes, business torts, and the protection of intellectual property rights.

He is married to Courtney R. Robinson and has five children.

Updated: Jun 17, 2015
June 20, 2015

Fairfax Attorney Edward L. Weiner Is President of the Virginia State Bar

Ed Weiner photo

Edward L. Weiner, founder and senior partner at Weiner Spivey & Miller PLC of Fairfax, is the Virginia State Bar’s new president for the 2015-16 term. He heads a state agency that regulates and supports 48,000 Virginia lawyers.

He was sworn in June 19 during the VSB’s annual meeting at Virginia Beach.

Weiner, founder and senior partner at Weiner Spivey & Miller PLC, is a former chair of the VSB Conference of Local Bar Associations. He is immediate past president of the Fairfax Bar Association and a past president of the Fairfax Law Foundation. He was also appointed by the Supreme Court of Virginia to serve on the faculty of the Virginia State Bar’s Harry L. Carrico Course on Professionalism.

Weiner is a member of the board of directors of the George Mason University Center for the Performing Arts and host of an annual Law Day celebration that benefits the Fairfax Law Foundation’s pro bono programs. Weiner is the founder of Jazz 4 Justice, a fund-raising model that partners local bar associations with university music departments to raise money for legal aid and pro bono programs as well as music scholarships.

Weiner graduated from the State University of New York at Binghamton. He received his law degree from the University of Richmond and his LL.M in international law from the Georgetown University Law Center.

He and his wife, Maura, have two daughters, Maurissa and Brianna.

Updated: Jun 17, 2015
June 12, 2015

Rule 1:5 Revision Proposal Published for Comment

The Advisory Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure of the Judicial Council of Virginia seeks comment on the proposed Rule 1:5 revision set forth below. The proposed changes seek to address three commonly occurring issues when a party is proceeding pro se or becomes pro se in the course of a case. First, difficulties arise in determining who is “counsel of record” in instances where an unrepresented party endorses a draft order but files no other formal appearance. Second, a lack of an address of record or a current address for parties proceeding or becoming pro se can prevent proper case administration and notice. Finally, similar administrative and notice problems arise when an attorney is representing a party and then seeks permission to withdraw, but no substitute contact information is provided for either new counsel or the party previously represented. 

Download proposed Rule 1:5 revision (PDF file)

Comments on this proposed amendment to Rule 1:5 Counsel should be sent by July 30, 2015 to: 

Advisory Committee on Rules of Court 
c/o Steven DalleMura 
Office of the Executive Secretary 
Supreme Court of Virginia 
100 North Ninth St. 
Richmond, VA 23219 

OR via email with the subject line: "comment on proposed revision of Rule 1:5" to: proposedrules@courts.state.va.us

Updated: Jun 24, 2015
June 08, 2015

Thomas H. Miller Named Local Bar Leader of the Year

Thomas H. Miller, Esq.Thomas H. Miller, of Frankl, Miller & Webb LLP in Roanoke, is the recipient of this year’s Local Bar Leader of the Year Award from the Conference of Local Bar Associations.

The award recognizes continued dedication of bar leaders and close cooperation with the Virginia State Bar.

Miller has been a member of the Roanoke Bar Association for almost thirty years and was elected to the association board of directors in 2006. He has served as chair of the Memorials and Resolutions Committee; chair of the Continuing Legal Education Committee; and as secretary/treasurer, president-elect, and president of the association in 2012-13. In 2013-14, he was chair of the Roanoke Law Foundation, the charitable arm of the association, and most recently served as chair of the You and the Law: Senior Symposium. During his term as president, Miller worked with the US District Court to implement a program for attorneys to represent prisoners whose Section 1983 cases had been screened and determined to have merit. He was also involved in the Entitled Practice in the 23rd Circuit program, which enlisted judges, court officials, and attorneys to familiarize new lawyers with the court system.

Miller also is involved in many charitable activities in the Roanoke community. He is a member of the local Kiwanis Club; assists with the aftercare social club, a program that provides a regular dinner and social outlet for adults with special needs; participates in Read Across America; and works for Meals on Wheels.

In his letter nominating Miller for the award, association President-elect Joseph W. H. Mott noted that Miller’s “service is exemplary, and merits statewide recognition for his accomplishments and leadership. … Despite a hectic professional schedule and active family life Tom has committed enormous amounts of his time to the RBA and community activities.”

The award will be presented June 19 during the Virginia State Bar Annual Meeting in Virginia Beach.

Updated: Jun 08, 2015
June 05, 2015

Last call for Annual Meeting online registration

Annual Meeting art

Last call for Annual Meeting online registration. Online pre-registration will be accepted until 5 p.m. Monday, June 15, or register on-site in Virginia Beach. Edward L. Weiner of Virginia Beach will be sworn in as the 77th VSB president on Friday, June 19.

Everything you love about the Annual Meeting with a whole new twist.

Download the new Mobile App to access up-to-date information on the 2015 Annual Meeting.

#VSBAnnualMeeting

Updated: Jun 05, 2015
June 04, 2015

CLBA Honors Bar Associations

The following bar associations will receive awards from the Conference of Local Bar Associations during the Virginia State Bar Annual Meeting. The awards recognize projects that serve the bench, the bar, and the people of Virginia.

The CLBA makes information on winning projects available to other groups that want to consider similar programs. For information, contact Paulette J. Davidson at Davidson@vsb.org or (804) 775-0521.

 

AWARDS OF MERIT

For excellence in bar projects

 

First-time Awardees:

 

Chesapeake Bar Association

The Reading in Schools with Esquires program, or R.I.S.E., in October 2014 comprised lawyers in the association who read to kindergartners and first and second graders at local elementary schools. The program inspires, encourages, motivates, and educates the children. The lawyers also engage the pupils in discussions concerning educational and career goals, self-confidence, anti-bullying, and other topics. The books were donated to the schools.

Roanoke Bar Association

The association redesigned and updated its website, www.roanokebar.com, to improve services to members and the public. The site now allows members to add practice areas to their profiles and allows the public to see the profiles. Public resources on the site include grant and scholarship opportunities, the You and the Law program, and a link to the Roanoke Law Library.

Virginia Beach Bar Association

The Toys for Tots Holiday Party program piggy-backs off of the US Marine Corps’ existing Toys for Tots program by leveraging the high turnout at the VBBA’s annual holiday party to generate toys and monetary donations. At the December 5, 2014, party, members donated more than 100 toys and $550. The project is intended to reach about 150 needy children in the Virginia Beach area.

Bristol Virginia Bar Association

The So You’re 18 program is designed to educate local high school seniors about their rights and responsibilities upon becoming an adult. Volunteer attorneys and judges visited three local high schools and spoke with 302 seniors during the students’ government classes.

 

Sustained Projects:

 

Roanoke Bar Association

The Volunteer Service Awards Program recognizes association members who provide at least twenty-five hours annually of community service, charitable professional services, and pro bono legal services. The program is in its tenth year and has certified more than 58,000 hours of volunteer services and presented 268 awards. Two members have received the President’s Call to Service Award, meaning they have donated more than 4,000 volunteer hours.

Metropolitan Richmond Women’s Bar Association

The association’s Mentorship Program, which started in 2004, offers educational and networking opportunities to women entering the legal profession in the Richmond area and those studying at the University of Richmond. In 2014-15, the program reached nearly 100 students and new attorneys, with more than sixty members participating as mentors to sixteen new attorneys and eighty-one law students.

Updated: Jun 04, 2015
June 01, 2015

Virginia State Bar E-News, June 2015

Check your mail – Dues statements will be mailed Thursday, June 18. The annual dues must be received at the Virginia State Bar by Friday, July 31, or delinquency fees will be assessed. All active members must pay the Clients' Protection Fund assessment and provide a completed and signed Mandatory Certification Regarding Professional Liability Insurance, also by Friday, July 31. Separate fines will be assessed for unpaid dues, unpaid CPF fees, and incomplete liability insurance certifications. Beginning Friday, June 19, you may renew your membership, certify your liability insurance coverage, join VSB sections, and pay your dues online by going to Member Login on the VSB home page.  Corporate Counsel Registrants may also use this feature.

The Supreme Court of Virginia is considering modifying Rule 5:21(a) concerning appeals of right from the State Corporation Commission and is requesting comments on the proposed changes. Comments on the proposed Rules must be received by Monday, June 15, 2015.

The Supreme Court of Virginia has released for public comment The Report of the Special Committee on Criminal Discovery Rules to the Chief Justice and Justices of the Supreme Court of Virginia. Comments on the proposed rules must be received by Tuesday, June 30, 2015.

The Virginia State Bar’s Standing Committee on Legal Ethics is seeking public comment on proposed advisory Legal Ethics Opinion 1882, “Concurrent conflict between criminal clients when one expresses the desire to testify against the other.”

The Ethics Committee also is seeking public comment on proposed advisory Legal Ethics Opinion 1883, “Ethical obligations of a lawyer for a ‘no-asset’ Chapter 7 bankruptcy petitioner in handling fixed fees advanced by the client.”

The Ethics Committee approved proposed changes to Rule 5.5 Comment [1a] and Rule 8.3(e) of the Rules of Professional Conduct on May 21, 2015. The changes are pending Council’s consideration at its upcoming meeting on Thursday, June 18, 2015.

Congratulations to the newly elected, reelected, and Court-appointed members of the Virginia State Bar Council.

Online pre-registration for the 77th Annual Meeting will be accepted until 5 p.m. Monday, June 15, or register on-site in Virginia Beach. Edward L. Weiner of Fairfax will be sworn in as the 77th VSB president on Friday, June 19.

Registration is open for the June 11 “Appellate Advocacy in Virginia” seminar in Blacksburg featuring Supreme Court of Virginia Chief Justice Donald W. Lemons and Chief Judge Glen A. Huff of the Virginia Court of Appeals.

President Kevin E. Martingayle has released the Study Group Report on Online Elections.

Council member Thomas A. Edmonds has notified the executive director that he intends to propose the following amendment to the Bylaws of the Virginia State Bar and Council at the June 18, 2015, VSB Council Meeting: In the bylaws of the Virginia State Bar, Article III Election of President-Elect, Sec. 4 (b), delete the language “. . . or made available by electronic means . . . .”

Awards:

Updated: Jun 01, 2015
May 27, 2015

Comments Sought on Proposed Legal Ethics Opinions 1882 and 1883

The Virginia State Bar’s Standing Committee on Legal Ethics is seeking public comment on proposed advisory Legal Ethics Opinion 1882, Concurrent conflict between criminal clients when one expresses the desire to testify against the other.

The Ethics Committee also is seeking public comment on proposed advisory Legal Ethics Opinion 1883, Ethical obligations of a lawyer for a “no-asset” Chapter 7 bankruptcy petitioner in handling fixed fees advanced by the client.

The deadline for comments on both proposals is July 2, 2015.

Updated: May 27, 2015
May 27, 2015

Virginia State Bar Honors Bar Association of the Year Award

The Virginia State Bar has named The Prince William County Bar Association as the recipient of its Bar Association of the Year Award.

The award, sponsored by the VSB Conference of Local Bar Associations, recognizes lasting and exemplary contributions to the legal community and the community at large in Virginia. The award also recognizes the dedication of local and statewide bar associations and emphasizes the importance of close cooperation between the Virginia State Bar and bar leaders.

The Prince William County Bar Association has been providing extensive services to its members and the community for decades. It has had a listserv since 2007 and has produced an annual directory since 2003. The association has published its monthly newsletter for sixteen years. In the area of education, the association hosted fifteen CLEs attended by 484 bar members last year alone. It also offers an extensive mentoring program.

The association sponsors numerous law-related community outreach activities including its “So You’re 18” program, which began in 1999. It also sponsors the “Character Counts! Essay Contest” for middle school students; the “Court Tours/Mock Trial” program; and supports the National Young Readers Day each fall. The association sponsors a Senior Citizen Project with the local Area Agency on Aging in celebration of Law Day and has started the Library Learning Series.

Charitable works include “Breakfasts at S.E.R.V.E.,” a non-profit organization that provides a number of services to at-risk families including temporary shelter and meals. It also provides books for residents in emergency shelters. The largest need-based activity it sponsors is the “Beat the Odds” program, which has been held since 2001. The program, based on the National Children’s Defense Fund model, offers youth who have come in contact with the juvenile justice system because of abuse, neglect, or truancy recognition for achieving academic and social progress as they strive to turn their lives around.

The Association of the Year Award will be presented on June 19 during the Virginia State Bar Annual Meeting in Virginia Beach.

Updated: May 28, 2015
May 26, 2015

Fairfax attorney to be sworn in as 77th VSB President

Edward L. Weiner will be sworn in as the 77th VSB president during the VSB Annual Meeting on Friday, June 19.

There’s still time to make hotel reservations, but rooms are going fast.

Online pre-registration will be accepted until Monday, June 15 at 5:00 p.m.

... or register on site in Virginia Beach.

The registration fee of $190 entitles you to attend all of the VSB CLE programs scheduled on Friday and Saturday, June 19 and 20, as well as many of the social events scheduled during the weekend. First Time Attendees — $135

The popular Annual Meeting Mobile App for Android, iPhone and iPad is also available to download.

#VSBAnnualMeeting

Updated: May 26, 2015
May 26, 2015

Ethics Committee Proposes Changes to Rules

The Standing Committee on Legal Ethics approved proposed changes to Rule 5.5 Comment [1a] and Rule 8.3(e) of the Rules of Professional Conduct on May 21, 2015. The changes are pending Council’s consideration at its upcoming meeting on June 18, 2015.

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Updated: May 26, 2015
May 19, 2015

Virginia State Bar Announces 2015 Law in Society Contest Winners

Remy Oliver, a senior at Dominion High School in Sterling, has been awarded first place in the 2015 Law in Society Contest sponsored by the Virginia State Bar and its Litigation Section.

Oliver won for his essay “Law In Society: The Commencement Debate.” He will receive $2,300.

This year’s essay contest asked students to address a situation in fictional Rocktown, Virginia, where Angel Bradford, a Rocktown High School alumna and now CEO of a large dairy conglomerate, is invited by a public school principal to speak at commencement. Twelfth-grader Susan Statler, president of the school’s Animal Rights Club, begins an online petition to prevent Bradford from speaking, not only at RHS but also at a local private school, citing claims of animal abuse within the CEO’s company. Adding to the chaos, Bradford contemplates suing Susan and the Animal Rights Club for defamation. The schools’ principals and students appeal to a retired judge (the writer) to resolve the issue in a way that conforms with the law and calm the community. Oliver’s essay is available at http://www.vsb.org/site/public/2015_winning_essay.

The Law in Society award was developed to increase awareness of and appreciation for the US Constitution and legal system. Oliver’s essay was among dozens submitted by public, private, and homeschooled students in the equivalent of high school. Oliver will receive his award during a ceremony at Dominion High School on Wednesday, June 3.

Alissa Wang, a senior at Broad Run High School in Ashburn, and Nadia Zakula, a junior at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, placed second and third, respectively. Wang will receive $1,850 and Zakula $1,350.

Five honorable mentions will be awarded to: William Edmisten of Washington-Lee High School in Arlington, Molly Solomon of James Wood High School in Winchester, Celeste Morris of West Springfield High School in Springfield, Sarah Kinsey of East Rockingham High School in Elkton, and Brenna Bowman of Ocean Lakes High School in Virginia Beach.

 Each honorable mention will be awarded $250. All winners will receive plaques commemorating their win and the newest edition of Strunk and White’s Elements of Style.

Updated: May 19, 2015
May 15, 2015

Manuel A. Capsalis Is Recipient of Diversity Conference Achievement Award

Capsalis photo

Manuel A. Capsalis is the recipient of the 2015 Virginia State Bar Diversity Conference’s Clarence M. Dunnaville Jr. Achievement Award. Capsalis is being honored for fostering, encouraging, and facilitating diversity and inclusion in the bar, the judiciary, and the legal profession. 

Capsalis served as president of the Virginia State Bar in 2008-09. Before becoming president, Capsalis formed the bar’s Diversity Task Force, composed of lawyers and other community leaders, which led to creation of the Diversity Conference of the VSB. “Because of (Capsalis’s) foresight, his hard work, and his competent leadership as the president of the State Bar, the Diversity Conference was finally established in 2010 by recommendation of Bar Council … and final approval by the Virginia Supreme Court,” Conference Chair Eva N. Juncker wrote. “Manny’s leadership and his diligent efforts have made the Diversity Conference what it is today.” Capsalis was the Diversity Conference’s first chair.

Capsalis has been a member of the VSB Council and served on its Executive Committee. He is on the VSB Standing Committee on Professionalism. He has also served as a faculty member of the VSB Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Course and the Law School Professionalism Program. He is a past-chair of the VSB Conference of Local Bar Associations and served on its board of directors. He also is a member of the Chief Justice’s Indigent Defense Training Initiative. He is a past-member of the VSB Budget and Finance Committee. Capsalis also is a fellow of the Virginia Law Foundation, a member of its board of directors, and served as its president. He is a past-president of the Arlington County Bar Association, and is a former member of the board of directors of the Arlington County Bar Foundation. He is a past-president of Arlington County’s Walter T. McCarthy Law Library Board.

In February 2015, Capsalis was appointed by the Virginia General Assembly as a judge in the Nineteenth Judicial District and will begin his appointment to the Fairfax County General District Court on July 1, 2015. 

Capsalis received a B.A. from Duke University in 1981, an M.A. from George Mason University in 1984, and his law degree from the George Mason University School of Law in 1988.

The award will be presented June 19 during the Virginia State Bar Annual Meeting in Virginia Beach.

Updated: May 15, 2015
May 13, 2015

President Martingayle Releases Study Group Report on Online Elections

Includes recommendations and response from VSB staff

Following the first election held electronically by the Virginia State Bar in the fall of 2014, President Martingayle appointed a group of Council members to review that process, address concerns raised (including some by members of this group), and recommend changes and improvements going forward. The following report contains the findings and recommendations of the VSB Online Elections Study Group.

view the report (PDF file)

Updated: May 19, 2015
May 13, 2015

Council Member to Offer Bylaws Amendment to Eliminate Online Elections

Council member Thomas A. Edmonds has notified the executive director that he intends to propose the following amendment to the Bylaws of the Virginia State Bar and Council at the June 18, 2015, VSB Council Meeting:

In the bylaws of the Virginia State Bar, Article III Election of President-Elect, Sec. 4 (b), delete the language “. . . or made available by electronic means . . . .”

Updated: May 19, 2015
May 13, 2015

Magistrate Helen Chong Is Recipient of Young Lawyer of the Year Award

Helen Chong, a magistrate in Orange and Woodbridge, has been named the recipient of the Virginia State Bar Young Lawyers Conference 2015 R. Edwin Burnette Jr. Young Lawyer of the Year Award.

The award recognizes a young lawyer who demonstrates dedicated service to the conference, the legal profession, and the community. It is named in honor of Lynchburg Judge R. Edwin Burnette Jr., past president of the VSB (1993-1994) and the YLC (1985-1986). The award will be presented on June 18, 2015, at the Virginia State Bar Annual Meeting in Virginia Beach.

Chong is chair of the Children and the Law Commission, and co-chair of Community Law Week for the VSB Young Lawyers Conference. She graduated from the University of Virginia in 2006 and the George Mason University School of Law in 2011. In 2012, she began a state-wide anti-bullying program after she saw a need to help children and parents address the criminal and mental health impacts of cyberbullying. She held a presentation at Charlottesville High School in 2013 that received recognition from the American Bar Association, and later expanded the anti-bullying program with additional presentations in Virginia and created a cyberbullying pamphlet for parents. 

In nominating Chong, lawyers Jennifer Moccia and Paula Bowen wrote that: “(Chong) has provided exceptional dedication to the conference, the legal profession, and the community.  As the Children and the Law Commission chair since 2012 and the Community Law Week co-chair since 2014, she has made a tremendous impact through each of her initiatives…. Not only does Ms. Chong take the initiative to create and develop projects that are relevant and educational for Virginia’s citizens, but she also diligently ensures that each project is carried out to make the greatest impact possible. Helen has revived dormant programs and, once she ensures their success, she takes on a new project. We cannot think of anyone more deserving of the Young Lawyer of the Year Award.”      

Updated: Jul 24, 2015
May 11, 2015

Register for the Annual Meeting by May 15 and Save

Registration is open for the 77th Annual Meeting, June 18-21, in Virginia Beach. If you register by Friday, May 15, you will save $25.

Check out our showcase CLEshotel offeringsour new mobile appand more, and then register online or mail in your registration.

 
Updated: May 13, 2015
May 04, 2015

Council Members Announced

The following persons have been newly elected, reelected, or Court-appointed to three-year terms on the Virginia State Bar Council. The terms begin July 1, 2015.

Newly elected:

Gary A. Bryant of Norfolk, 4th Circuit

Marqueta N. Tyson of Hampton, 8th Circuit

Leah A. Darron of Richmond, 13th Circuit

Dabney J. Carr, IV of Richmond, 13th Circuit

Rhysa G. South of Henrico, 14th Circuit

R. Lee Livingston of Charlottesville, 16th Circuit

Rachelle E. Hill of Arlington, 17th Circuit

Timothy B. Beason of Arlington, 17th Circuit

Barbara S. Anderson of Alexandria, 18th Circuit

David L. Marks of Fairfax, 19th Circuit

Chidi I. James of Fairfax, 19th Circuit

William L. Schmidt of Fairfax, 19th Circuit

Eugene M. Elliott, Jr. of Roanoke, 23rd Circuit

William M. Moffet of Abingdon, 28th Circuit

Reelected:

Graham C. Daniels of Chester, 12th Circuit

Paula S. Beran of Richmond, 13th Circuit

George W. Marget, III of Richmond, 13th Circuit

Eric M. Page, of Richmond, 13th Circuit

Daniel L. Rosenthal of Richmond, 14th Circuit

Foster S. B. Friedman of Alexandria, 18th Circuit

Luis A. Perez-Pietri of Falls Church, 19th Circuit

William B. Porter of Fairfax, 19th Circuit

Melinda L. VanLowe of Fairfax, 19th Circuit

Joan Ziglar of Martinsville, 21st Circuit

William E. Bradshaw of Big Stone Gap, 30th Circuit

Newly appointed council members at-large:

Marni E. Byrum, Alexandria

Afshin Farashahi, Virginia Beach      

Reappointed council member at-large:

Lorrie A. Sinclair, Leesburg

 

The following persons will serve one-year terms on the council:

Conference representatives:

Jack W. Burtch, Jr. of Richmond, chair, Conference of Local Bar Associations

Providence E. Napoleon of Richmond, chair, Diversity Conference

Robert T. Vaughan, Jr. of Danville, chair, Senior Lawyers Conference

Nathan J. Olson of Fairfax, president, Young Lawyers Conference

Officers:

Edward L. Weiner of Fairfax — president

Michael W. Robinson of Tysons Corner – president-elect

Kevin E. Martingayle of Virginia Beach — immediate past-president

 

Originally Posted: May 04, 2015

Updated: May 11, 2015
May 04, 2015

Bar Council Election

The Bar Council election ended on Friday, May 1, 2015, at 11:59 p.m. It takes the vendor helping the VSB with the online election several days to tabulate the results. We hope to have them by Monday afternoon, May 4, 2015.

Updated: May 04, 2015
May 01, 2015

Virginia State Bar E-News, May 2015

The Committee on Lawyer Discipline is seeking public comment on proposed amendments to two rules of the Supreme Court of Virginia: Part Six, Section IV, Paragraph 13-11.B.3 regarding disclosure of exculpatory evidence; and Part Six, Section IV, Paragraph 13-25 regarding reinstatement proceedings.

The Supreme Court of Virginia is considering modifying Rule 5:21(a) concerning appeals of right from the State Corporation Commission and is requesting comments on the proposed changes.

The Supreme Court of Virginia has released for public comment The Report of the Special Committee on Criminal Discovery Rules to the Chief Justice and Justices of the Supreme Court of Virginia. Comments on the proposed rules must be received by June 30, 2015.

The Supreme Court of Virginia has amended, adopted, and deleted a number of rules. The rule changes are effective July 1, 2015.

Rule 5.8, regarding Procedures for Notification to Clients When a Lawyer Leaves a Law Firm or When a Law Firm Dissolves, is effective May 1, 2015

Fraudulent activity is reported that involves wired funds in real estate transactions.

Online registration is open for the 77th Annual Meeting, June 18-21, featuring Showcase CLE Programs and Special Events.

Registration is open for the June 11 “Appellate Advocacy in Virginia” seminar in Blacksburg featuring Supreme Court of Virginia Chief Justice Donald W. Lemons and Chief Judge Glen A. Huff of the Virginia Court of Appeals.

VSB awards:

  • Robin Wood has been named the 2015 recipient of the Tradition of Excellence Award by the General Practice Section.
  • Katherine Moss, a third-year student at the Washington and Lee University School of Law, has been named the 2015 recipient of the 2015 Oliver White Hill Pro Bono Award by the Special Committee on Access to Legal Services.
  • Jeremy P. White has been named the 2015 recipient of the Virginia Legal Aid Award by the Special Committee on Access to Legal Services.
Updated: May 01, 2015
April 30, 2015

Jeremy P. White Is Legal Aid Award Recipient

Jeremy P. White, managing attorney at the Lynchburg office of the Virginia Legal Aid Society (VLAS), is the recipient of the Virginia State Bar Legal Aid Award presented by the Special Committee on Access to Legal Services.

White was nominated by David Neumeyer, VLAS executive director, who praised him as “an innovative, creative and successful advocate, an experienced and excellent supervisor and office leader, and as a litigator and trainer who has impact far beyond the VLAS service area.” White graduated from MidAmerica Nazarene College in Olathe, Kansas, in 1998, and from the Washington and Lee University School of Law in 2002. He joined VLAS as a staff attorney in Emporia in August 2002 and became the managing attorney in Lynchburg in 2005.

Since 2006, White filed eleven affirmative federal court cases for violations of federal consumer law and achieved recoveries or satisfactory settlements for his client in every case that has been concluded. He served as co-counsel in Danville Circuit Court against a payday lender who violated state law by repeatedly flipping loan’s to keep the client in a long-term cycle of debt. In 2013, White filed suit in Campbell County Circuit Court that resulted in a settlement of $19,500 in recovery and fees against a pawn shop, the owner of the pawn shop, and the repo man for violating usury laws, the Uniform Commercial Code, the Virginia Consumer Protection Act, and the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. White received an arbitration award in 2012 against a car title lender in a case he co-counseled. The client was awarded $25,000 in recovery for the usurious open-end loan that unlawfully imposed triple digit interest. White successfully appealed an adverse Virginia Employment decision, Williamson v. Virginia Employment Commission, in which the employer sought to shift liability to its employees for accidents or wrecks that occurred in company vehicles. Finally, during the 2014 General Assembly session, White’s work with the VLAS Consumer Practice Group assisted lawyers with the Virginia Poverty Law Center obtain a repeal of the Virginia Code section that permitted owners of rent-to-own furniture stores to criminally charge customers who fell behind on their payments.

Jay Speer, executive director of Virginia Poverty Law Center, noted that “Jeremy has always been very active on statewide consumer issues. He has been a leader in devising strategies to combat predatory lending such as payday and car title loans. He has never hesitated to litigate difficult consumer issues and take on tough cases and he has shown others how to work with private attorneys to get great results for clients. He is very good at spending a lot of time analyzing cutting edge consumer issues and then sharing his work with the rest of the legal aid community.”

The Legal Aid Award recognizes lawyers employed by legal aid societies licensed by the VSB. Recipients are chosen for their advocacy, quality of service, and impact beyond their service area. It will be presented June 19 at the Virginia State Bar Annual Meeting in Virginia Beach.

Updated: Apr 30, 2015
April 28, 2015

Washington and Lee Student Named Pro Bono Award Winner

Katherine Moss, a third-year student at Washington and Lee University School of Law, is the winner of the Virginia State Bar’s 2015 Oliver White Hill Law Student Pro Bono Award.

Beth Belmont, Clinical Professor of Law at Washington and Lee, nominated Moss noting that “[n]ot only has Katie thrown herself into voluntary pro bono work during each academic year of her law school career, she has also dedicated her summers and her future to undercompensated public interest legal work and volunteer work supporting that cause. Her dedication to the powerless in society is unparalleled.”

During her first year in law school, Moss worked as a law clerk for court-appointed attorneys representing an indigent client charged with capital murder. After the case ended, she continued to provide pro bono assistance on behalf of that client. In her second year, Moss logged more than 300 hours helping represent an indigent client in a murder trial. She drafted pre-trial motions, conducted legal research, and was an active participant in the five-day trial. Moss also volunteered with the Virginia Capital Representation Resource Center, an organization that represents indigent clients on death penalty appeals. She also interned for ten weeks at the Southern Center for Human Rights where she helped prepare and conduct an Alabama capital state habeas evidentiary hearing on behalf of an indigent client who has been on death row since 1998. As a third-year student, Moss continued to provide hundreds of hours of pro bono assistance to the Southern Center of Human Rights, drafting a portion of the post-hearing brief to the trial court, and then an appellate brief to the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals. In the fall, she taught a “street law” class to high school seniors in Roanoke through the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Law Literacy Program.

Moss is in the top of her class academically. She is a Lead Articles Editor on the Washington and Lee Law Review, and recently published her Note in that journal. She was a semi-finalist in W&L Law’s Mock Trial Competition. She also serves as a member of the Dean’s Advisory Group and the Women’s Law Student organization.

In supporting Moss’s nomination, William Montross, senior attorney in the Capital Litigation Unit at the Southern Center for Human Rights, wrote: “Her devotion to clients who are grossly underserved is no passing phase. She will continue to serve as a public defender after law school, and I hope and pray, eventually become part of the death penalty community. There is no questioning her commitment to this calling. Everything she has done and continues to do is directed to representing poor people accused of crimes.”

The award, named for a late Virginia civil rights litigator, recognizes a law student’s commitment to uncompensated or minimally compensated pro bono work and other public service. It will be presented by the Virginia State Bar Special Committee on Access to Legal Services during the Virginia State Bar Annual Meeting in Virginia Beach on June 19.

Updated: Apr 30, 2015
April 27, 2015

Fraud Alert for Lawyers Closing Real Estate Transactions

Last week, the North Carolina State Bar received multiple reports of fraudulent activity relating to wired funds in real estate transactions, some of which resulted in losses as high as $200,000. We are reporting this alert as a precaution but have not heard of any activity in Virginia.  Here is what we understand to have occurred:

On a closing that took place on a Friday morning, before funds were disbursed, the firm received an email and a phone call from a woman purporting to be the out of state seller, requesting the firm to wire funds to her bank account. The following Monday, the firm learned that the seller’s email was compromised and bad actors had inserted themselves in her place. The firm attempted to retract the wire and later discovered that the bank did not retract the wire and will not communicate further without a subpoena.

This firm had two-level confirmation practices in place to protect against fraudulent wires, but the hackers emailed and called the firm to confirm the wiring instructions as was required. The hackers gained access to the email account of one of the parties to the transaction and learned the necessary information in order to assume the identity of one of the parties and initiate the fraudulent transaction. Another defrauded firm noticed after the fact that the email address of the hacker was different from the actual seller's email address by one letter.

One suggestion to protect against this fraud is for the lawyer to initiate the phone call to the actual client or party to confirm the party’s purported wiring instructions, calling only the phone number listed in the client file, even if a different number is provided via email. Please be vigilant when communicating with email and consider whether your firm's wiring procedures are strong enough to detect and prevent these fraud attempts. If your firm has been the subject of an attempted or successful fraud, or have any questions or concerns please contact the ethics hotline at ethicshotline@vsb.org.

Updated: Apr 27, 2015
April 24, 2015

Robin Wood Is Recipient of Tradition of Excellence Award

Robin C. Wood III, Esq.Robert “Robin” C. Wood III, who has been practicing law for more than fifty years, has been named the 2015 recipient of the Tradition of Excellence Award by the Virginia State Bar’s General Practice Section.

The award recognizes a lawyer who embodies the highest tradition of personal and professional excellence and who has benefitted the community and enhanced the esteem of general practice attorneys in Virginia. It will be presented on June 20 during the VSB annual meeting at Virginia Beach.

Wood, of Edmund & Williams in Lynchburg, is a graduate of Washington and Lee University and the University of Virginia School of Law.

Among his many other activities, Wood has been an adjunct professor of Virginia law and Procedure at Washington and Lee University School of Law. A former student, John C. Johnson of Roanoke, supported Wood’s nomination and wrote: “He was one of the toughest professors I ever had in law school. So tough that after two weeks I elected to take it ‘Pass/fail.’ The joke was on me because he made us work so hard that I thought I would actually fail. … I refer to his course book several times a year. He is a scholar and a solid lawyer.”

Ronald A. Page Jr., of Richmond, added, “[Wood’s] class was the most difficult, most interesting, and most useful class I took as part of my legal education.…Mr. Wood’s class was a crucible where raw iron was transformed into steel. Mr. Wood’s students were enlightened and given such a practical understanding of Virginia procedure that passing the bar became a near certainty. To this day, I still have all of my written materials from that class and look back at them at least a couple times each year.”

Wood is a fellow of the Virginia Law Foundation; author of Civil Procedure in Virginia, Virginia Law and Practice: a Handbook for Attorneys; a Member of Order of the Coif at Washington and Lee University School of Law; and an adjunct professor of Virginia Law and Procedure at Washington and Lee University School of Law. He is a former chair of the Boyd-Graves Conference, president of the Lynchburg Bar Association, chair of the Litigation Section of the Virginia State Bar and editor of its newsletter, and a member of the board of governors of the Virginia Bar Association. He was also an ACC football head referee from 1975 to 2001 and has served on many boards in the Lynchburg community, including the Chamber of Commerce, Lynchburg Fines Arts Center, Virginia Legal Aid Society, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lynchburg Redevelopment and Housing Authority, and United Way.

Updated: Apr 30, 2015
April 23, 2015

Annual Meeting Features Showcase CLE Programs and Special Events

Additional Info

Register online now for the 2015 Annual Meeting

Registrations received prior to May 15 are at the discounted fee of $165.

First-Time Attendees pay only $135

VSB 77th Annual Meeting | June 18-21, 2015

Your Annual Meeting registration fee entitles you to attend the five showcase CLE programs on Friday and Saturday, and special events sponsored by the Virginia State Bar's conferences and sections.
 

FRIDAY, JUNE 19 / 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Budding Issues: What Virginia Lawyers Need to Know About the Changing Marijuana Landscape
2.0 credits, --- ethics
Sheraton Oceanfront, Ocean Grand Ballroom

Sponsors: Criminal Law/Bankruptcy Law/Corporate Counsel/Family Law/Health law Sections

Contracts Gone Bad: The Litigator’s Wish List for Transactional Lawyers
2.0 credits; ---ethics
Hilton Oceanfront, Peacock Ballroom B&C

Sponsors: Litigation / Business Law/Real Property Sections

 

FRIDAY, JUNE 19 / 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Blind Spot: Hidden Biases of Good People
3.0 credits, --- ethics                                      
Sheraton Oceanfront, Ocean Grand Ballroom

Sponsor: Virginia Diversity Foundation
Other partners: Millennium Diversity Foundation, Inc./ VSB Diversity Conference, Senior Lawyers Conference, Corporate Counsel Section, and Access to Legal Services Committee/VWAA/Asian Pacific American Bar,VA/ Burnett & Williams/ Zavos Juncker Law Group PLLC/McGuireWoods LLP/ and Venable LLP.

 

FRIDAY, JUNE 19 / 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

‘Caveat Emptor’: What You Need to Know About International Mergers & Acquisitions
2.0 credits; ---ethics
Hilton Oceanfront, Peacock Ballroom B&C

Sponsors: International Practice/Antitrust Law/Business Law/Corporate Counsel/Intellectual Property Sections

 

SATURDAY, JUNE 20 / 9:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Judiciary Squares: Recent Developments in Virginia Law
2.0 credits; .5 ethics
Sheraton Oceanfront, Ocean Grand Ballroom

Sponsor: Young Lawyers Conference

See complete list of CLE programs and special events on the 2015 Annual Meeting website.

Updated: Apr 23, 2015
April 20, 2015

Supreme Court Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Modification of Rule Regarding SCC Appeals

The Supreme Court of Virginia is considering modifying Rule 5:21(a) concerning appeals of right from the State Corporation Commission and is requesting comments on the proposed changes. Comments must be received by June 15, 2015.

view Supreme Court of Virginia press release (PDF file)

Updated: Apr 20, 2015
April 10, 2015

Supreme Court of Virginia Adopts Multiple Rule Changes

The Supreme Court of Virginia has amended, adopted, and deleted a number of rules. The rule changes are effective July 1, 2015.

Updated: Apr 10, 2015
April 08, 2015

Comments Sought on Amendments to the Rules of the Supreme Court of Virginia

The Committee on Lawyer Discipline is seeking public comment on proposed amendments to two rules of the Supreme Court of Virginia: Part Six, Section IV, Paragraph 13-11.B.3 regarding disclosure of exculpatory evidence; and Part Six, Section IV, Paragraph 13-25 regarding reinstatement proceedings.

Comments should be submitted in writing to Karen A. Gould, Executive Director, Virginia State Bar, 1111 E. Main Street, Suite 700, Richmond, VA 23219-3565 or publiccomment@vsb.org, no later than the end of the business day on May 15, 2015.

Read more

Updated: Apr 08, 2015
April 07, 2015

Election for VSB Council Will Be Online

This year the election for the Virginia State Bar Council for circuits 4, 13, 17, 18, 19, 28 will be conducted online rather than with paper ballots. 

On or about April 10, 2015, any member in the specified circuits who was Active In Good Standing as of March 15, 2015, should receive an e-mail from "Virginia State Bar Election Coordinator <noreply@directvote.net>"  with a link for voting in the Virginia State Bar Council Election. The subject line will be “Virginia State Bar Council Election Login Information.”  To ensure e-mail with voting information arrives safely in your inbox, add the following e-mail address as a safe sender: noreply@directvote.net. These settings can be made in your e-mail account SPAM/Junk filters or by contacting your IT department. This process is often referred to as “whitelisting."

Voting is open until May 1 at 11:59 p.m. The process takes only a few seconds if you have already made up your mind, and links are present on the online ballot to learn more about each candidate if you have not. Please remember to vote.

If you have not received your login information by Monday, April 13, 2015, please go to https://www.directvote.net/VSB/sendID.aspx to have your voting instructions resent. You can also contact support@directvote.net or call 952-974-2339, and if you have any problems, please contact the Virginia State Bar at 804-775-0551 or elections@vsb.org.

Your voting instructions can only be sent to your Email of Record on file with the Virginia State Bar. To verify your e-mail address, please logon to the VSB Member Portal at https://member.vsb.org/vsbportal/ or contact the VSB Membership Department at 804-775-0530.

Updated: Apr 07, 2015
April 06, 2015

Annual Meeting Registration Is Open

Register now at a discounted fee of $165 until May 15. The fee covers all VSB-sponsored CLE programs on Friday, June 19, and Saturday, June 20. See the Virginia CLE website for separate registration for Recent Developments in the Law on Thursday, June 18.

After May 15, 2015, the registration fee increases to $190.

First Time attendees pay only $135.

Be sure to check out the Annual Meeting Mobile App for details on schedules, hotels, programs, speakers, sponsors, maps, and more.

Updated: Apr 06, 2015
April 01, 2015

Virginia State Bar E-News, April 2015

The Standing Committee on Legal Ethics is seeking public comments on proposed amendments to Rules 5.5 Comment [1a] and 8.3(e) of the Virginia Rules of Professional Conduct. 

The Ethics Committee also has issued LEO 1876 as final: “Ethical Obligations Of A Prosecutor Who Plea Bargains With An Unrepresented Defendant Whom The Prosecutor Has Been Informed Is A Noncitizen Subject To Deportation Under Immigration Law Upon Conviction Of The Offense Which Is The Subject Of The Plea Offer.”

The Supreme Court of Virginia has released for public comment The Report of the Special Committee on Criminal Discovery Rules to the Chief Justice and Justices of the Supreme Court of Virginia. Comments on the proposed rules must be received by June 30, 2015.

Online registration will be available soon for the 77th Annual Meeting, June 18-21, 2015, in Virginia Beach.

The Supreme Court of Virginia will honor the 30th anniversary of Virginia Lawyers Helping Lawyers with a ceremony at the Court on April 14.

Space is still available in the webcast locations for the 11th Annual Indigent Criminal Defense Seminar Advanced Skills for the Experienced Practitioner. You may register for the May 1 event for webcasts in Weyers Cave and Wytheville.

The 45th Annual Criminal Law Seminar, sponsored by the VSB Criminal Law Section and Virginia CLE, has a video replay scheduled for April 30 in several locations.

VSB awards:

The Conference of Local Bar Associations is accepting nominations for Awards of Merit, the Local Bar Leader of the Year Award, and the Bar Association of the Year Award. The nomination deadline is April 24, 2015.

Updated: Apr 01, 2015
March 29, 2015

From the Desk of the President—Midyear Legal Seminar

On Friday March 27th, we canceled the Virginia State Bar's planned Midyear Legal Seminar trip to Israel.  The decision was based primarily on a U.S. State Department advisory:  http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/country/israel.html, "Entry, Exit & Visa Requirements."  We were forced to conclude there were potential difficulties some of our VSB members might face in obtaining entry to Israel.  Additionally, we were well short of the required number of confirmed attendees necessary for the trip to proceed. 

President-elect Edward L. Weiner, chair of the Midyear Legal Seminar Committee, communicated with the Israeli Embassy.  An embassy official expressed a desire to facilitate the trip but acknowledged that security protocols are strict and could lead to exclusion or restriction of some VSB members. 

In the face of this information, we felt it necessary and appropriate to forego this trip.  This was not a political decision and is not a "boycott."  We are an inclusive organization and do not discriminate against any religion.

Unfortunately, some mischaracterized this decision as anti-Israel and anti-Semitic, even going so far as to mislabel it as a "boycott."  Although the message was sent over the president's signature, we jointly drafted and approved what was sent Friday night.  Apparently we could have done a better job of explaining the situation and decision. We are writing now to provide further clarity.

Our decision was not based on any political factors or influences.  We understand that Israel is in a difficult position when it comes to security.  We are not expressing opinions regarding Israel's border security measures.  We are merely recognizing the reality that our very large and diverse membership, consisting of well over 40,000 members, includes individuals who may encounter lengthy examination and possible rejection in attempting to navigate the immigration security procedures in Israel. 

You may recall that on March 25, 2015, we sent a message urging VSB members to sign up for both the Israel trip and the Annual Meeting in Virginia Beach.  We very much wanted the Israel trip to be a success and were trying to reach the required number of participants for it to be a go.  We deeply regret that a combination of circumstances led to the trip's cancellation, and we also regret that our good faith efforts and decisions may have been misinterpreted and misunderstood. 

We remain committed to the core objectives of the VSB:  public protection, access to justice and improvement of the legal profession.  Thank you for reading and thank you for allowing us the privilege of serving.

Kevin E. Martingayle, President                               

Edward L. Weiner, President-elect & Chair, Midyear Legal Seminar Committee      

Updated: Mar 29, 2015
March 26, 2015

Comments Sought on Proposed Amendments to Rules

Comments Sought on Proposed Amendments to Rules

The Standing Committee on Legal Ethics is seeking public comments on proposed amendments to Rules 5.5 Comment [1a] and 8.3(e) of the Virginia Rules of Professional Conduct.  Comments should be submitted in writing to Karen A. Gould, Executive Director, Virginia State Bar, 1111 E. Main Street, Suite 700, Richmond, VA 23219-3565 or publiccomment@vsb.org, no later than the end of the business day on May 4, 2015. 

Updated: Mar 26, 2015
March 23, 2015

Legal Ethics Opinion 1876 Now Final

The Standing Committee on Legal Ethics has issued LEO 1876 as final: “Ethical Obligations Of A Prosecutor Who Plea Bargains With An Unrepresented Defendant Whom The Prosecutor Has Been Informed Is A Noncitizen Subject To Deportation Under Immigration Law Upon Conviction Of The Offense Which Is The Subject Of The Plea Offer.”

view LEOs online

Updated: Mar 23, 2015
March 17, 2015

Betty Moore Sandler Honored for Lifetime Achievement in Family Law

Betty M. Sandler, a principal of Nichols Zauzig Sandler PC in Woodbridge, has been named the 2015 winner of the Betty A. Thompson Lifetime Achievement Award by the Virginia State Bar’s Family Law Section.

The award recognizes and honors an individual who has made a substantial contribution to the practice and administration of family law in the Commonwealth of Virginia. It will be presented at the Annual Family Law Seminar April 24 at The Jefferson Hotel in Richmond.

Sandler has practiced family law since 1986, primarily in Northern Virginia. She has been active in the Prince William County Bar Association, the Arlington Bar Association, and was instrumental to starting the Prince William Family Law Section. She also served as chair for the Prince William Bar Association Committee on Professionalism.

Sandler has been a board member and vice chair of the Family Law Section of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, and a board member and officer of the VSB Family Law Section. She also is past president of the Virginian chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.

She is a past president of the McLean Bar Association and was the founding president of the Prince William County Bar Foundation.  Sandler also serves as a substitute judge in the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Courts of Virginia. She has authored many articles on family law matters for the Virginia State Bar and Virginia Trial Lawyers Association publications and she regularly participates as a panelist and moderator for Continuing Legal Education seminars on domestic relations and ethics.

In his letter nominating Sandler for the award, attorney Carl J. Witmeyer II said, “No one I know has been more active and involved in family law related matters than Betty Moore Sandler.”

Sandler is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and the University of Kentucky College of Law.

Updated: Mar 17, 2015
March 11, 2015

Colleen M. Quinn Receives Family Law Service Award

Colleen M. Quinn, partner in Locke & Quinn in Richmond, has been named the 2015 recipient of the Family Law Service Award presented by the Virginia State Bar’s Family Law Section.

The award recognizes people and organizations that have improved family, domestic relations, or juvenile law in Virginia. It is to be presented April 23 at the section’s Annual Advanced Family Law Seminar at the Jefferson Hotel in Richmond.

Quinn was nominated by Sherry A. Fox, awards chair of the Metropolitan Richmond Women’s Bar Association. “(Quinn) is an exceptional attorney who has dedicated herself to helping people build their families through her adoption and surrogacy practice,” Fox wrote. “It is her tireless work in this area that makes her the ideal recipient of this award. … What truly sets her apart is her passion for helping her clients and the personal investment she makes in each and every case she handles.”

Quinn founded the Adoption and Surrogacy Law Center as a resource for people navigating their options for creating a family. She is a fellow on the board of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys and the American Academy of Assisted Reproduction Technology Attorneys. She is also the co-author of the fifth edition of the Virginia CLE Adoption Procedures and Forms book.

She is a member of the American Association for Justice, the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, the Richmond Bar Association, the Metropolitan Richmond Women’s Bar Association, the Richmond Women’s Business Consortium, and the National Association of Women Business Owners.

She also is an active community volunteer and has provided domestic violence training and education to various organizations. Through internships at her firm, she mentors students at the law schools of William and Mary, the University of Virginia, the University of Richmond, and Howard University, and at the J. Sargeant Reynolds Paralegal Studies Program. She also volunteers at the YMCA and at her church.

Quinn is a graduate of the College of William and Mary and has her law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law.

Updated: Mar 11, 2015
March 10, 2015

James C. Roberts, 1932—2015

James C. “Jim” Roberts, former president of the Virginia State Bar, died Sunday, March 8, 2015. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 11, at Bliley’s-Central, 3801 Augusta Avenue, in Richmond. 

Mr. Roberts was born March 29, 1932, in Taylorsville, NC. He was a graduate of Hampden-Sydney College and the T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond.

Upon graduation, he joined Tucker, Mays, Moore & Reed. The firm later became Mays & Valentine and then Troutman Sanders, where he was managing partner.

Mr. Roberts was president of the Richmond Bar Association in 1977 and president of the Virginia State Bar in 1980-1981.

He was a recipient of the Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Award and the Tradition of Excellence Award from the bar, and the Richmond Bar Association’s Hunter W. Martin Professionalism Award and the Robert R. Merhige Jr. Outstanding Achievement Award.

According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Roberts was one of the founders of the Central Virginia Legal Aid Society and was a Legal Aid volunteer for many years. He also served on the University of Virginia School of Nursing Advisory Board, Medical College of Virginia Foundation, The University of Virginia Health Foundation, State Fair of Virginia Board, Virginia Military Institute Board, Commission on the Future of Virginia’s Judicial System, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Westminster Canterbury of Richmond Board, and Virginia Commonwealth University Health System.

“I think we can safely say that there will never be another lawyer quite like Jim Roberts,” said Irving M. Blank, former Virginia State Bar president. “He excelled at every level and in every aspect of the practice of law. Additionally, he seemed to have endless energy and time for the legal community, legal aid, new lawyers, old lawyers, students, and any needy cause.” 

The Times-Dispatch noted that he is survived by his wife of sixty years, Charlotte Korn Roberts; his three children, Jim Roberts, Cha Roberts and Tricia Roberts Humphreys; his four grandchildren, Christine Roberts, Taylor Roberts, Crawford Humphreys and Artie Humphreys; his sister, Betty Ann Wadsworth; his daughter-in-law and sons-in-law, Debby Krenek, Kelly Kinsey and Tom Humphreys; his sisters-in-law and brother-in-law and his countless beloved nieces, nephews and extended family. 

Updated: Apr 16, 2015
March 09, 2015

Retired Magistrate Judge B. Waugh Crigler Receives VSB Leadership in Education Award

Crigler photo

B. Waugh Crigler, retired US Magistrate Judge for the Western District of Virginia, has been named the recipient of the William R. Rakes Leadership in Education Award from the Virginia State Bar Section on the Education of Lawyers in Virginia.

The award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated exceptional leadership and vision in developing and implementing innovative concepts to improve and enhance the state of legal education, and in advancing relationships and professionalism among members of the academy, the bench, and the bar within the legal profession in Virginia.

In nominating Crigler, retired Judge J. Martin Bass, of the 15th Judicial Circuit of Virginia, wrote: “As much as anyone I have known in my years as a lawyer and a judge, (Crigler) has made and continues to make significant contributions not only to the education of Lawyers, but also to enhancing meaningful collaboration among the three constituencies of the legal profession in the commonwealth…. He has made our profession stronger and better suited to meet the needs of a changing society by being himself, a consummate professional.”

Attorney William E. Glover wrote that Judge Crigler’s “actions derive from deep and thoughtful rumination on what it means to be a Virginia lawyer, and how to communicate that to law students – many of whom are inclined to dismiss professionalism as etiquette training and nothing more. Judge Crigler’s emphatic insistence on the value of professionalism to our clients, the bar, the bench and to our communities resonates as heartfelt and fundamentally true. Any law student or young lawyer who hears him discuss it is fortunate.”

The award was established in 2012 to honor former Virginia State Bar president and founder of the Section on the Education of Lawyers, William R. Rakes, a senior partner with the Roanoke firm of Gentry Locke.

The award, which is underwritten by Gentry Locke, is to be presented June 18, 2015, at the Virginia State Bar’s annual meeting in Virginia Beach.

Crigler has a long and distinguished career as a lawyer, judge, and teacher. He has served as a faculty member for the VSB’s Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Course since 1995. In 1998, he was appointed to the bar’s Standing Committee on Professionalism, and later became its vice chair. He helped to develop a curriculum for a professionalism program that was instituted in all law schools in the commonwealth in 2000. He served as chair or co-chair of the Law School Professionalism program until 2003, and remains an active faculty member for the program.

Crigler has served on the board of governors of the State Bar’s Litigation Section since 2009. In 2006, he was elected to the board of governors of the State Bar’s Section on the Education of Lawyers in Virginia, and has served as vice chair since 2010. While serving on these boards, Judge Crigler has written numerous articles advancing trial skills and professional and ethical practice.

He received a B.A. in History from Washington & Lee University in 1970, and a law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1973. Following graduation from law school, Crigler served as a law clerk to the Hon. Robert L. Taylor in the Eastern District of Tennessee and later practiced in Culpeper. In October 1981, the Hon. James C. Turk appointed Crigler as United States Magistrate Judge for the Western District of Virginia. In 1991, Crigler was named by the chief justice of the United States as a member of the Criminal Rules Advisory Committee on which he served until 1997. In September 2013, after thirty-two years on the bench, Judge Crigler retired, and in January 2014, he joined The McCammon Group as a neutral.

Crigler and his wife Anne will celebrate forty-five years of marriage in June 2015. They have three children and five grandchildren. 

Updated: Mar 09, 2015
March 04, 2015

Supreme Court of Virginia Releases Report on Criminal Discovery Rules

The Report of the Special Committee on Criminal Discovery Rules to the Chief Justice and Justices of the Supreme Court of Virginia has been released for public comment. Comments on the proposed rules must be received by June 30, 2015.

Updated: Mar 04, 2015
March 03, 2015

Virginia State Bar E-News, March 2015

New Virginia State Bar ID Cards will be mailed to all active members beginning later this week.

Effective May 1, 2015, the Supreme Court of Virginia adopted Rule 5.8: Procedures for Notification to Clients When a Lawyer Leaves a Law Firm or When a Law Firm Dissolves.

After two amendments from the floor, the VSB Council approved and will present to the Supreme Court of Virginia for its approval proposals to amend Rules 1.1 (Competence) and 1.6 (Confidentiality) of the Virginia Rules of Professional Conduct. The amended rules are being drafted.

The Council approved and will present to the Supreme Court of Virginia for its approval the following amendments to the Court’s rules:

  • Paragraph 13.4: Standards for Minimum Malpractice Coverage When Disciplinary Charges Heard by a Three-Judge Panel Result in a Finding of Criminal Conduct Involving Loss of Client Property
  • Paragraph 13-4E: Establishment of District Committees

The following circuits will be holding elections for one or more seats on Council, the VSB's governing body:  4, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17, 18, 19, 21, 23, 28, and 30.  If you are interested in serving on Council, e-mail a nominating petition to the executive director, Karen A. Gould, elections@vsb.org. Petition must be signed by not fewer than ten other members eligible to vote in the circuit, and shall be accompanied by a statement of qualifications not exceeding one hundred and fifty words. Nominations must be filed in the office of the executive director on or before April 1. sample petition (PDF file)

Volunteers are needed to fill vacancies on the VSB’s boards and committees. Please submit nominations, along with a brief resume, by March 27 to nominations@vsb.org.

Space is still available in the webcast locations for the 11th Annual Indigent Criminal Defense Seminar Advanced Skills for the Experienced Practitioner. You may register for the May 1 event for webcasts in Weyers Cave and Wytheville. 

The 45th Annual Criminal Law Seminar, sponsored by the VSB Criminal Law Section and Virginia CLE, has video replays scheduled for March 24, 25 & 31 in several locations.

Nominations are being sought for the following awards:

The 2015 Midyear Legal Seminar, which is paid for solely by the participants and not by bar dues, is headed to Jerusalem, Israel, November 8-15. Deadline for registration is April 1. See the VSB’s Midyear Seminar website for registration form and CLE details.

Virginia State Bar members who have been administratively suspended for failure to comply with the Rules of the Supreme Court of Virginia are posted online.

Posted: Mar 03, 2015

Updated: Mar 05, 2015
March 02, 2015

Highlights of the February 28, 2015, Virginia State Bar Council Meeting

At its meeting on February 28, 2015, in Richmond, the Virginia State Bar Council heard the following significant reports and took the following actions:

 

Adoption of Rule 5.8 by the Supreme Court of Virginia

The Council was informed of the adoption of Rule 5.8: Procedures for Lawyers Leaving Law Firms and Dissolution of Law Firm, effective May 1, 2015. The rule codifies a number of the suggestions from LEOs on departing lawyers’ obligations into more concrete steps to follow.

 

Approval of Amendments to the Rules

The Council unanimously approved amendments to the Rules of the Supreme Court of Virginia regarding Standards for Minimum Malpractice Coverage When Disciplinary Charges Heard by a Three-Judge Panel Result in a Finding of Criminal Conduct Involving Loss of Client Property, and Establishment of District Committees. The proposed rule changes will be presented to the Supreme Court of Virginia for its consideration.

Other proposed amendments regarding district committee members’ address of record, reciprocal discipline, reinstatement procedures, and disclosure of exculpatory evidence were either withdrawn by the Standing Committee on Lawyer Discipline or tabled for additional review.

 

Approval of Rules

The VSB Council amended and approved by a vote of 36–23 amendments to Rules 1.1 (Competence) and 1.6 (Confidentiality) of the Virginia Rules of Professional Conduct. The proposed rule changes will be presented to the Supreme Court of Virginia for its consideration.

 

Justice Kelsey Resolution

The Council unanimously approved the resolution honoring Justice Kelsey’s accession to the Supreme Court of Virginia.

Updated: Mar 02, 2015
March 02, 2015

Supreme Court of Virginia Adopts Rule

Effective May 1, 2015, the Supreme Court of Virginia has adopted Rule 5.8, Procedures for Lawyers Leaving Law Firms and Dissolution of Law Firm. The rule codifies a number of the suggestions from LEOs on departing lawyers’ obligations into more concrete steps to follow.

Updated: Mar 02, 2015
February 27, 2015

Registration Open for March Pro Bono Webinar

Federal Income Tax and the Affordable Care Act (ACA): Considerations for Survivors of Domestic Violence — March 24, 2015, 1:00 PM EDT

Domestic violence survivors face unique challenges in dealing with the effects of sharing tax responsibilities with abusive spouses, as well as navigating premium tax credits under the Affordable Care Act. Learn about those challenges and how they apply to survivors of domestic violence.

This free webinar has been approved for 1.5 hours of MCLE credit. As a condition of registration approval, attendees are asked to certify during registration that they will provide pro bono publico legal assistance to a survivor of domestic violence (or make a financial contribution to a nonprofit organization providing legal assistance to domestic violence survivors).

This webinar series is co-sponsored by the VSB Special Committee on Access to Legal Services, the Community Tax Law Project, and the Virginia Poverty Law Center.
 

Visit the Pro Bono page for more information

Recordings of previous VSB Pro Bono webinars are available online.

Updated: Feb 27, 2015
February 19, 2015

Jerrauld C. Jones Presented with the Carrico Professionalism Award

The Virginia State Bar Criminal Law Section has presented its 2015 Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Award to The Honorable Jerrauld C. Jones of the Circuit Court of the City of Norfolk.

Virginia State Bar President Kevin E. Martingayle presented the award Friday, February 13, 2015, during the section’s 45th Annual Criminal Law Seminar in Williamsburg. The award was named for the former Virginia Supreme Court chief justice who promoted the ideals of professionalism during his forty-two years on the state’s highest court.

In his letter nominating Jones, Martingayle wrote that, “I have seen Judge Jones function as a legislator, lawyer and member of the judiciary. He is consistently focused, prepared, kind, insightful, compassionate and intelligent. He has been one of the finest legislators, lawyers and judges I have had the pleasure of knowing, and he has touched the lives of many in a consistently positive way.”

Jones was appointed to the Norfolk Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court in 2005 by Governor Timothy M. Kaine. The governor appointed him to the circuit court in 2008 and the General Assembly elected him to a full eight-year term in 2009.

Jones was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates from the 89th District and was re-elected eight times. He was a member of the House Rules Committee.

Jones earned his bachelor’s degree from Princeton University in 1976 and his law degree from the Washington and Lee University School of Law in 1980. He served as the first African-American law clerk to the Supreme Court of Virginia. He later returned to Norfolk and served as an assistant commonwealth’s attorney before opening his private law practice. He stayed in private practice until 2002 when Governor Mark Warner appointed him state director of juvenile justice. He also served on the State Advisory Group on Juvenile Justice and the Governor’s Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice. 

Pictured above, The Honorable Jerrauld C. Jones (middle), his wife, Lynn Simons Jones (left), and their son, Jerrauld “Jay” Jones (right).

Updated: Feb 19, 2015
February 12, 2015

Council Elections

If you are interested in serving on Council, the Virginia State Bar's governing body, there will be an election conducted in the following circuits by electronic ballot. To be eligible to run, you must be an active member in good standing of the circuit as of March 15, 2015. You must file a nominating petition with the executive director at elections@vsb.org on or before April 1, 2015. The nominating petition shall be signed by not fewer than ten other members eligible to vote in the circuit, and shall be accompanied by a statement of qualifications not exceeding one hundred and fifty words and a digital photograph. 

sample petition (PDF file)

 

Circuit 4

1 seat (incumbent ineligible for 2nd term)

Circuit 12

1 seat (incumbent eligible for 2nd term)

Circuit 13

5 seats (3 incumbents eligible for 2nd term)

Circuit 14

2 seats (1 incumbent eligible for 2nd term)

Circuit 16

1 seat (incumbent ineligible for 2nd term)

Circuit 17

2 seats (2 incumbents ineligible for 2nd term)

Circuit 18

2 seats (1 incumbent eligible for 2nd term)

Circuit 19

6 seats (3 incumbents eligible for 2nd term)

Circuit 21

1 seat (incumbent eligible for 2nd term)

Circuit 23

1 seat (incumbent ineligible for 2nd term)

Circuit 28

1 seat (incumbent ineligible for 2nd term)

Circuit 30

1 seat (incumbent eligible for 2nd term)

 

An election by meeting will be conducted in the 8th circuit, which has 1 Council seat.  The incumbent is eligible for a 2nd term. The time and place of that election will be set by Chief Judge Wilford Taylor Jr., Circuit Court for the City of Hampton. Nominations may be made at the circuit meeting or by any member eligible to vote in the circuit. No supporting petition or second for such nomination will be required.

 

Posted: Feb 12, 2015

Updated: Mar 05, 2015
February 05, 2015

Senator Warner Announces Application Process for US Attorney for Eastern District of Virginia

US Senator Mark R. Warner’s office is accepting applications for the position of US Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.  

“The US Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia is one of the most important and high profile prosecutor positions in the country, handling a diverse and active caseload. This federal prosecutor typically handles terrorism and national security cases of enormous importance to our country’s safety and security,” Warner said. “I look forward to moving this process forward to recommend the most qualified candidate.”

Warner will evaluate and recommend qualified candidates to the White House, which will then nominate an individual to be considered by the Senate Judiciary Committee. The nomination is subject to confirmation by the full Senate.

Interested applicants can go to www.warner.senate.gov for application instructions. The application period will close March 6, 2015. If you have questions about the application, please contact Nicholas_Devereux@warner.senate.gov.

Updated: Feb 05, 2015
February 05, 2015

Law Over Lunch

Registration is open for the annual Law Over Lunch program, “Criminal Justice Debt Collection in Virginia: Going from Lose-Lose to Win-Win.” The program will be February 18 at the University of Richmond Downtown campus, 626 E. Broad St., Suite 100, Richmond.

more information and registration

Updated: Feb 05, 2015
February 02, 2015

Funeral Service Set for W. Scott Street III

1944-2015

W. Scott Street photo courtesy of Bob Brown/Richmond Times-Dispatch

W. Scott Street III, former president of the Virginia State Bar and longtime secretary-treasurer of the Virginia Board of Bar Examiners, died Sunday after a long battle with cancer. He was 70.

The funeral service for Mr. Street is scheduled for Friday, February 6, at 1:00 p.m. at River Road Baptist Church, 8000 River Road. 

Mr. Street was a lawyer in Virginia for forty-five years, with thirty-four at the Williams Mullen firm in Richmond. He was president of the VSB in 1999-2000, but is perhaps best known for his dedication to the Board of Bar Examiners, where he served for forty years.

He also was a member of the House of Delegates of the American Bar Association, a trustee of the National Conference of Bar Examiners, a member of the Richmond Bar Association, and past chair of the VSB Committee on Legal Education. He was a fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a fellow and past president of the Virginia Law Foundation.

Mr. Street was a graduate of Hampden-Sydney College and the University of Virginia School of Law.

He was also an accomplished banjo player and bluegrass musician. In a January 5, 2015, article in the Richmond Times-Dispatch, longtime friend and fellow musician Martha Adcock described Mr. Street as “‘a patron of the arts and a devoted musician’ with a ‘wide-ranging wit – urbane to hillbilly’ and an ‘unparalleled equanimity.’ She said the tall Street ‘stands above most others in terms of character, good humor, good will and good deeds.’”

“He was a fine gentleman of the old Southern school – unfailingly courteous and charming,” said former bar President Sharon D. Nelson.

Another former president, Edward Lowry, added that, “He was a model lawyer, bar volunteer and gentleman, in the very best sense of each term. He gave selflessly for the betterment of lawyers in Virginia for so many years. He will be sorely missed.”

 

photo courtesy of Bob Brown/Richmond Times-Dispatch

Updated: Feb 03, 2015
February 01, 2015

Virginia State Bar E-News, February 2015

The Standing Committee on Legal Ethics is seeking public comment on Legal Ethics Opinion 1880, “Obligations of a Court-Appointed Attorney to Advise His Indigent Client of the Right of Appeal Following Conviction Upon a Guilty Plea; Duty of Court-Appointed Attorney to Follow the Indigent Client’s Instruction to Appeal Following a Guilty Plea When the Attorney Believes the Appeal Would Be Frivolous.”

The Ethics Committee also issued LEO 1879, “Application of Rules 3.1 and 3.8 to an Administrative Prosecutor in a Non-Criminal Proceeding,” as final.

The following circuits will be holding elections for one or more seats on Council, the VSB's governing body:  4, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17, 18, 19, 21, 23, 28, and 30.  If you are interested in serving on Council, e-mail a nominating petition to the executive director, Karen A. Gould, elections@vsb.org. Petitions must be signed by not fewer than ten other members eligible to vote in the circuit, and shall be accompanied by a statement of qualifications not exceeding one hundred and fifty words. Nominations must be filed in the office of the executive director on or before April 1.

Virginia State Bar President-elect Edward L. Weiner is requesting applications for VSB committees. The application deadline is February 27, and terms start July 1.

Volunteers are needed to fill vacancies on the VSB’s boards and committees. Please submit nominations, along with a brief resume, by March 27 tonominations@vsb.org.

The Standing Committee on Lawyer Discipline calls for nominations for district committee vacancies to be filled by Council in June. 

The 45th Annual Criminal Law Seminar, sponsored by the VSB Criminal Law Section and Virginia CLE, is scheduled for February 6, 2015, in Charlottesville and February 13, 2015, in Williamsburg.

Space is still available for the 11th Annual Indigent Criminal Defense Seminar Advanced Skills for the Experienced Practitioner. You may register for the May 1 event at the Greater Richmond Convention Center or webcasts in Weyers Cave and Wytheville. 

Nominations are being sought for the following awards:

Registration is open for the Virginia Academy of Elder Law Attorneys 8th annual UnProgram, February 20 – 21 at the Boar's Head Inn, Charlottesville.

Updated: Jan 30, 2015
January 29, 2015

Comments Sought on Proposed Legal Ethics Opinion 1880

The Virginia State Bar’s Standing Committee on Legal Ethics is seeking public comment on proposed advisory Legal Ethics Opinion 1880, Obligations of a Court-Appointed Attorney to Advise His Indigent Client of the Right of Appeal Following Conviction Upon a Guilty Plea; Duty of Court-Appointed Attorney to Follow the Indigent Client’s Instruction to Appeal Following a Guilty Plea When the Attorney Believes the Appeal Would Be Frivolous.

The deadline for comments on this proposal is March 3, 2015.

Updated: Jan 30, 2015
January 21, 2015

Judicial Elections

The Virginia General Assembly has elected Court of Appeals Judge D. Arthur Kelsey to the Supreme Court of Virginia, filling a seat vacated by Chief Justice Cynthia D. Kinser’s retirement.

Legislators also elected Judge Mary Grace O’Brien, Judge Richard Y. Atlee Jr., and lawyer Wesley G. Russell Jr. to the Virginia Court of Appeals. They will fill the positions created by the retirements of Chief Judge Walter S. Felton and Judge Robert P. Frank, and by Kelsey’s move to the Supreme Court.

Updated: Jan 21, 2015
January 20, 2015

Jazz 4 Justice Benefit, January 30

Date and Time:
Starts at 7 p.m. on January 30, 2015, with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and mingling. Concert begins at 8 p.m.

Address:
W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts, 922 Park Avenue, Richmond.

Event Details:
A benefit supporting the Greater Richmond Bar Foundation programs that improve pro bono legal representation for the underserved in central Virginia and VCU Jazz Studies Program scholarships.

Featuring Virginia Commonwealth University Jazz Studies Program students and faculty under the direction of Tony Garcia, with a special appearance by a surprise, well-known guest conductor from the legal community.

Jam sessions immediately following the concert. Bring your instruments; musicians of all levels welcome.

Tickets are $15 for students and seniors; $30 general admission.

Updated: Jan 20, 2015
January 08, 2015

Western District of Virginia Attorney

Senators Mark R. Warner and Timothy M. Kaine are accepting applications for the position of United States Attorney for the Western District of Virginia. Applicants are required to complete the questionnaire and submit it with a cover letter, resume, and all requested application materials to wdattorney@warner.senate.gov. The application period will close February 6, 2015. Applicants with questions should contact Nicholas_Devereux@warner.senate.gov or Phil_Olaya@kaine.senate.gov.

Updated: Jan 08, 2015