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November 24, 2008

VSB to Launch Online Lawyer Directory — Opt-Out Now Available


On October 17, 2008, the Virginia State Bar Council voted unanimously to provide on the VSB website a comprehensive Virginia Lawyer Directory that will include contact information for all active-status Virginia lawyers in good standing, except those who opt out of the list.

The directory is scheduled to be launched in January 2009. It will be on the public area of the website. Visitors will be able to access a lawyer’s name, firm, address, and telephone number by searching for the lawyer’s last name. E-mail addresses will not be included in the directory.

The purpose of the directory is to make it easier for the public and VSB members to locate a lawyer by providing an online source for contact information. The VSB will continue to provide contact information about Virginia lawyers in response to requests by telephone, e-mail, and U.S. mail.

The opt-out selection feature is still available. To opt out, go to the VSB site at http://www.vsb.org and log in to the Member Login site in the upper right corner. Go to Virginia Lawyer Directory Options and choose Opt-Out. If you change your mind later, you can be included by choosing Opt-In. IF YOU DO NOTHING, YOUR NAME AND CONTACT INFORMATION WILL BE INCLUDED IN THE DIRECTORY.

The Virginia Lawyer Directory replaces the VSB’s Member Directory, which since April 2007 has listed only attorneys who opted to be listed. Only 3,674 of 27,156 active members in good standing participated in that directory. The VSB received complaints from persons who found the directory of limited use and misleading because it did not include most of our members. Bars in twenty-nine other states provide comprehensive public attorney directories online.

Updated: Dec 18, 2008