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March 18, 2011

VSB Disciplinary Board to Hear Stith Reinstatement Petition on May 20, 2011

Additional Info view Stith Revocation order (pdf file)

Pursuant to Part 6, Section IV, Paragraph 13-25 of the Rules of the Supreme Court of Virginia, Salvage DeLacy Stith petitioned the Court on June 10, 2010, for reinstatement of his license to practice law. The Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board will hear the petition on May 20, 2011, at 9 a.m. in the State Corporation Commission, Tyler Building, 1300 East Main Street, Second Floor, Courtroom A, Richmond.  After hearing evidence and oral argument, the Disciplinary Board will make factual findings and recommend to the Supreme Court whether the petition should be granted or denied.

The Disciplinary Board seeks information about Mr. Stith’s fitness to practice law. Written comments or requests to testify at the hearing may be submitted to Barbara S. Lanier, Clerk of the Disciplinary System, 707 East Main Street, Suite 1500, Richmond, Virginia 23219, or to clerk@vsb.org no later than May 11, 2011. Comments will become part of the public record.

The Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board revoked Mr. Stith’s license on June 24, 1994, for improper record keeping that resulted in overdrafts of his trust account, and for neglect of client legal matters in three criminal cases in which he failed to appeal properly.

At the time of the hearing that resulted in his disbarment, Mr. Stith’s prior disciplinary record included three private reprimands, two public reprimands, a three-year suspension, a twelve-month suspension, and an agreed disposition of other wrongdoing.

Specifically, Mr. Stith’s record includes:

  •  a private reprimand in 1978 for failure to perfect an appeal;
  • An agreed disposition in 1983 in which he agreed not to make loans to clients and not to endorse clients’ names to settlement checks;
  • a private reprimand in 1984 for commingling funds and failing to maintain his trust account properly;
  •  a private reprimand in 1986 for mishandling a case;
  • a public reprimand in 1987 for neglect of a divorce matter;
  • a three-year suspension in 1987 for making loans to himself out of his trust account;
  • a public reprimand in 1993 for failure to perfect an appeal;  and
  • a twelve-month suspension in 1993 for continuing to represent a client after he had been discharged by the client.

This is Mr. Stith’s fourth petition for reinstatement. The first was denied by the Supreme Court on May 19, 1999, as insufficient to support a referral to the Disciplinary Board. The second was denied by the Court without opinion on October 2, 2001; on that occasion a Disciplinary Board panel recommended reinstatement, with two members filing a written dissent. The third was denied by the Court on June 18, 2007, without opinion, following a board recommendation that reinstatement be denied.

In his June 10, 2010, petition, Mr. Stith states that it has been seventeen years since his revocation; he taught for sixteen years on the faculty of Elizabeth City State University and retired as an associate professor with tenure in the Social Sciences Department; and he has kept abreast of legal developments by attending continuing legal education programs at annual conventions of the Old Dominion Bar Association and by reading legislative digests and appellate opinions of the Virginia Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of Virginia.  

Copies of Mr. Stith’s disciplinary orders are available from the clerk at clerk@vsb.org or (804) 775-0539.

Updated: Mar 23, 2011