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December 03, 2013

Virginia State Bar E-News, December 2013

The Standing Committee on Ethics is seeking public comment to a proposed Rule 5.8: Procedures for lawyers leaving law firms and dissolution of law firms

The VSB is seeking public comment to a proposed amendment to the Bylaws of the Virginia State Bar and Council.

The Supreme Court of Virginia has established a Special Committee on Criminal Discovery Rules to study current Rule 3A:11 and the proposed amendments submitted by the Indigent Defense Task Force of the Virginia State Bar.

The Supreme Court of Virginia has adopted, effective February 1, 2014, a new Rule 1A:1, addressing admission to the Virginia bar without examination (often called “admission on motion”). 

The Supreme Court of Virginia is considering proposed Rule 1A:8 related to the provisional admission of military spouses to the Virginia bar.

In its Virginia Judicial Workload Assessment Report for the Supreme Court of Virginia, the National Center for State Courts has found that judicial boundaries should remain as they are and that the state is suffering from a shortage of judges.

Increasingly sophisticated Internet scams are continuing to target lawyers.

Edward L. Weiner, senior partner at Weiner Spivey & Miller PLC in Fairfax, is the new president-elect designee of the Virginia State Bar. He will assume the post at the annual meeting in June 2015.

The Standing Committee on Lawyer Discipline is making its annual call for nominations for district committee vacancies to be filled by Council in June 2014. Please review qualifications for eligibility

The Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board is to hear Kristen Dawn Dean’s reinstatement petition on January 24, 2014.

Employers will be able to interview first- and second-year students for summer 2014 positions, and May 2014 graduates for entry-level attorney positions. Employer registration deadline for the twelfth annual Government and Public Interest Interview Program is January 10, 2014.

Save the date. The Virginia State Bar is sponsoring a VSB TECHSHOW at the Richmond Convention Center on May 19. Details to come.

Updated: Dec 04, 2013