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October 31, 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 unanimously approved the Clients’ Protection Fund Board’s request to allow the VSB, in the 2018 legislative session, to seek extension of the CPF sunset provision from July 1, 2020, to July 1, 2023. The proposal will be sent to the Supreme Court of Virginia for its consideration.

Emeritus Rule
The council also unanimously approved the Special Committee on Access to Legal Services’ proposal to amend the Rules of the Supreme Court of Virginia to allow emeritus members of the VSB to provide pro bono services without direct supervision of a supervising attorney.

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

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 31, 2017