News and Information
January 31, 2019

Virginia State Bar Newsletter February 2019

The following went out as part of a monthly news summary email to all VSB members and associates on January 31. To make sure you are receiving the VSB emails, update your contact information in the member portal and add vsbnews@vsb.org to the account’s address book.

Governance

On January 29, 2019, the Supreme Court of Virginia entered an order delaying the adoption of the new criminal discovery rules initially slated to take effect on July 1, 2019.

On January 10, 2019, the Court amended Section III of the Rules for Integration of the Virginia State Bar, Part Six of the Rules of Court that governs judicial conduct.

The VSB Standing Committee on Lawyer Discipline seeks public comment on proposed changes to the Rules of the Supreme Court of Virginia concerning “Procedure for Disciplining, Suspending, and Disbarring Attorneys.”

It’s Bar Council election season. Bar Council oversees all bar functions, and members are elected by lawyers in their circuit. To be on the ballot in your circuit, file before April 1. Learn more about vacancies and petitioning

WE NEED YOU! A number of committees and boards are also looking for volunteers. Please submit your name for consideration before the deadlines in February and March. Read more about the options:

  • Local disciplinary district committees review complaints and investigations against attorneys in their jurisdiction and determine whether there is sufficient evidence of a violation of the Rules of Professional Conduct
  • Special and standing committees oversee a number of VSB functions, like budget & finance, legal ethics, access to legal services, lawyer referral, and more. President-elect Marni E. Byrum chooses amongst applicants.
  • There are also vacancies on the Clients’ Protection Fund Board, the Judicial Candidate Evaluation Committee, and the Executive Committee of Bar Council.

Professional Regulation

Recent disciplinary actions:

The VSB Disciplinary Board will hear the Reinstatement Petition of Ann Bridgeforth Tribbey of Midlothian on March 22, 2019. 

Compliance

All active members should have reported all MCLE hours for the year on December 15, 2018. Failure to certify the required MCLE hours by February 1, 2019, will result in an additional $100 late filing fee.

Wellness

The First Annual Virginia Law Student Wellness Summit at UVA Law School on February 5th will include Supreme Court of Virginia Chief Justice Donald W. Lemons, Justice William C. Mims, and the deans of all eight Virginia law schools. The event is free and includes lunch and an opportunity for interested stakeholders to improve the future of law student well-being. Space is limited. 

Opportunities, Awards & Events

Congratulations to the Honorable M. Hannah Lauck – the 2019 recipient of the Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Award from the VSB Criminal Law Section. Judge Lauck will receive the award at the annual Criminal Law Seminaron February 8 in Williamsburg. There’s another seminar in Charlottesville tomorrow, February 1. It’s not too late to register!

Consider nominating a colleague for one of the AWARDS to be presented at the 81st Annual Meeting in June. The Tradition of Excellence Award from the General Practice section honors an outstanding lawyer for years of service, and the R. Edwin Burnette Young Lawyer of the Year award recognizes bright young legal stars. The Conference of Local and Specialty Bars also has a number of awards for lawyer and bar association efforts across the commonwealth.

Take advantage of early bird pricing for the April 8 VSB TECHSHOW. Non-lawyer staff interested in legal tech issues may attend at a $40 discount.

The Indigent Criminal Defense Seminar in Richmond on Friday, May 3, has sold out , but there is still space available in the webcasts in Harrisonburg and Wytheville.

Pro Bono

Nominations are open for two pro bono awards: The Virginia Legal Aid Award honors a lawyer that works for a Virginia legal aid society. The Oliver White Hill Law Student Pro Bono Award honors extraordinary law student achievement in the areas of pro bono and under-compensated public service work in Virginia. The deadline to nominate is March 29.

On February 25, in Fairfax, there will be a free pro bono CLE on voluntary reporting. A Virginia Free Legal Answers interactive training event will also be held at University of Richmond Law on February 12. If you are interested in obtaining pro bono CLE hours, please contact Access to Legal Services Director Crista Gantz at cgantz@vsb.org.

Updated: Jan 31, 2019