News and Information
October 03, 2016

Virginia State Bar E-News, October 2016

The Supreme Court of Virginia has approved amendments to Rules 1.6: Confidentiality of Information and 3.3: Candor Toward the Tribunal. The order may be found here.

The Supreme Court of Virginia has approved Legal Ethics Opinion 1884: Conflicts arising from a lawyer-legislator’s employment with a consulting firm owned by a law firm. The order may be found here.

The Virginia State Bar’s Standing Committee on Legal Ethics is seeking comments from its membership on proposed amendments to Rules 7.1 - 7.5 of the Rules of Professional Conduct that govern lawyer advertising. The full report on proposed amendments as well as the current rule may be accessed here.

The Virginia State Bar’s Standing Committee on Legal Ethics has withdrawn thirteen Legal Ethics Opinions.

The Young Lawyers Conference 16th annual Professional Development Conference will be October 7 in Richmond and Wise.

Registration is open for VSB Resolution of Fee Disputes mediation and arbitration training sessions: Annandale - October 14 and Norfolk - October 20.

Registration is open for the 28th Annual Intellectual Property Seminar on October 21-22 at the Williamsburg Lodge.  The seminar is entitled:  The Evolving Landscape of IP.

Registration is open for the October 24 Solo & Small-Firm Practitioner Forum/Regional Bench-Bar Conference at Golden Leaf Commons in Emporia.

Registration is open for the Special Committee on Access to Legal Services annual Pro Bono Conference and Celebration on Wednesday, October 26, at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Hampton Hotel Convention Center & Spa.

Membership dues must be received by October 11 to avoid suspension. Members may pay at the member’s portal or by mail.

Sign up for Virginia.freelegalanswers.org. The website is part of an ABA multi-state initiative to provide online pro bono civil legal assistance to Virginia residents with income levels of 250 percent of the poverty guidelines or less (a household income of just over $29,000 annually for a single adult).

Now is the time to check your online record and plan your MCLE compliance. Apply now for any non-approved course that you have attended. The MCLE compliance deadline is October 31.

David A. Oblon has been elected as the new 17th Judicial Circuit representative on the Virginia State Bar Council. The seat became vacant when Rachelle Hill relocated to Colorado.

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Updated: Oct 03, 2016