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June 21, 2016

Highlights of the June 16, 2016, Virginia State Bar Council Meeting

At its meeting on June 16, 2016, in Virginia Beach, the Virginia State Bar Council heard the following significant reports and took the following actions:

Amendment to Rules of Professional Conduct 1.6 and 3.3

By a vote of 52-7, the council approved the proposed amendments to Rules of Professional Conduct 1.6: Confidentiality of Information, and 3.3: Candor Toward the Tribunal. The proposed amendments clarify a lawyer’s obligations when a client discloses an intent to commit perjury well in advance of trial, and when the lawyer can withdraw from the representation before the client’s intended perjury occurs.  The proposed amendments must be approved by the Supreme Court of Virginia before becoming effective.

Legal Ethics Opinion 1884

The council unanimously approved LEO 1884: Conflicts arising from a lawyer-legislator’s employment with a consulting firm owned by a law firm. The proposed opinion addresses a situation where a lawyer who is a member of the Virginia General Assembly joins a consulting firm owned by a law firm. The lawyer inquires whether the lawyers and non-lawyers in the consulting firm would be barred from lobbying the General Assembly. The Standing Committee on Legal Ethics concludes that both lawyers and non-lawyers in the consulting firm, as well as all lawyers in the law firm that own the consulting firm, would be barred from representing clients or otherwise lobbying before the General Assembly. The proposed LEO must be approved by the Supreme Court of Virginia before becoming effective.

Budget

The council approved a $14.9 million budget for FY2016-17.  This is an increase of $277,000 over the 2015-16 operating budget.  The budget includes a 3 percent raise for VSB employees as authorized by the General Assembly, contingent on the state achieving the revenue forecast for FY2016.  Management reported that a savings of over $1million is being projected for FY2015-2016 over what was budgeted this time last year. 

Updated: Jun 21, 2016