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October 30, 2017

Highlights of the October 27, 2017, Virginia State Bar Council Meeting

At its meeting on October 27, 2017, in Charlottesville, the Virginia State Bar Council heard the following significant reports and took the following actions:

Clients’ Protection Fund
The council voted unanimously in favor of the Virginia State Bar seeking extension of the Clients’ Protection Fund assessment until 2023.  The proposal will be presented to the Supreme Court of Virginia for approval. 

Emeritus Rule
The council voted unanimously in favor of the proposed amendments to the Emeritus rule, Rules of the Supreme Court of Virginia Part 6, § IV, ¶ 3(e), Organization and Government: modifying the status of Emeritus Members who will be allowed to provide pro bono legal services. The changes allow emeritus members to provide pro bono services, provided the lawyer meets certain conditions. The proposal will be presented to the Supreme Court of Virginia for approval. 

LEO 1885
The council voted 59 to 6 in favor of LEO 1885, which will be presented to the Supreme Court of Virginia for approval.  The LEO concludes that a lawyer may not participate in an attorney-client matching service under the facts presented in the opinion because it violates the Rules of Professional Conduct governing fee sharing with nonlawyers, paying for referrals, and safeguarding client funds.

William Schmidt Resolution
Council approved the resolution regarding William Schmidt, lauding his many years of service to his community, the Fairfax Bar, and the Virginia State Bar.

Updated: Oct 30, 2017