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July 01, 2016

Virginia State Bar E-News, July 2016

The Standing Committee on Lawyer Discipline is seeking comments on proposed changes to Part 6 § IV, ¶ 13-24 regarding reciprocal discipline. The comment deadline is August 6.

The Committee on Lawyer Discipline has approved a proposal to revise Virginia Code Section 54.1-3935, which provides the procedure for an attorney or the Virginia State Bar to demand that an attorney disciplinary matter proceed before a three-judge circuit court in lieu of a district committee or the disciplinary board of the Virginia State Bar

At its meeting on June 16, 2016, in Virginia Beach, the Virginia State Bar Council approved and sent to the Supreme Court of Virginia for its approval:

The Executive Committee is seeking comments on proposed amendments to Paragraph 13.1 regarding suspension for failure to complete professionalism course. The amendments would authorize the Virginia State Bar executive director to grant, for good cause, an extension request from a member who fails to complete the Professionalism Course by the deadline.

Dues statements were mailed June 16. 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.

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 October meeting. 

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

Save the date: the Special Committee on Access to Legal Services will hold its annual Pro Bono Conference and Celebration on Wednesday, October 26, 2016, at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Hampton Hotel Convention Center & Spa.

The MCLE interim report will be released 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, 2016.

Lawyers can sign up for the VSB’s new pro bono website, Virginia.FreeLegalAnswers.org, sponsored by the ABA. Lawyers sign up to provide online answers to legal questions posted by low-income Virginians.

Updated: Jul 02, 2016