News and Information
July 02, 2018

Virginia State Bar Newsletter July 2018

The following went out as part of a monthly, news summary email to all VSB members and associates on July 2. 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.

Council, Ethics and Supreme Court News

At its June 14, 2018 meeting, the VSB Council voted to send Proposed LEO 1889 and Rule 1.1, Comment 7 , to the Supreme Court of Virginia for final approval. The Council also voted to send changes to Paragraph 13 for approval by the Supreme Court of Virginia. The petition may be found here .
The VSB Standing Committee on Legal Ethics seeks public comment on proposed revisions to Part 6, §I of the Rules of the Supreme Court of Virginia:  The Practice of Law in the Commonwealth of Virginia and the Unauthorized Practice of Law . Comments are due by July 13, 2018.
 
The Standing Committee on Legal Ethics is seeking public comment on proposed revisions to Rule 1.10,Imputed Disqualification: General Rule. Comments are due by July 13, 2018.
 
The Standing Committee on Legal Ethics is seeking public comment on proposed revisions to Rule 1.8, Conflict of Interest: Prohibited Transactions. Comments are due by July 13, 2018.
 
The MCLE Board has reviewed and amended  Opinion 19 on substance abuse, mental health disorders, stress and work/life balance topics to be renamed “Opinion 19 Lawyer Well-being” and seeks public comment on the changes. Comments are due by August 1, 2018.

On June 13, the Supreme Court of Virginia and the Court of Appeals of Virginia announced that they would begin two-year mediation pilot projects beginning January 1, 2019. 

Comments are sought on proposed changes to the Virginia Lawyer Referral Service rules and fee structure. Comments are due by July 27, 2018.
 
 
Michael Anthony Lormand, license revoked, effective June 22, 2018
Leslie Dana Silverman, license revoked, effective June 22, 2018
Rory Kieran Nugent , license suspended, effective June 6, 2018
Robert Lyman Isaac Shearer Jr, license suspended, effective June 22, 2018
Jejomar Guarin Untalan, license suspended, effective May 25, 2018
William Franklin Burton , administrative license suspension, effective June 4, 2018
Brian Austin Revercomb , administrative license suspension, effective June 8, 2018
Terry Richard Driskill , public reprimand 
Nancy Beth White , public reprimand
 
Annual Bar Dues
Check your mail – Dues statements were mailed June 15. What’s new on your statements?
You can do it ALL online —renew your membership, certify your liability insurance coverage, join VSB sections, and pay your dues online by going to the Member Login on the VSB home page . Corporate counsel registrants may also use this feature.
Annual dues must be received at the Virginia State Bar by July 31 . For additional information about your Annual Membership Requirements, please visit the VSB Member Compliance page.
 
Solo practitioner ? You may be able to lower your health insurance rates while getting better coverage with the passage of SB 672. Now one person law offices may obtain the same rates and coverage as firms with 2-50 lawyers. More information here

The 2018 Annual Meeting in Virginia Beach drew over 600 attendees and their families including three Supreme Court of Virginia justices , as well as members of the judiciary from all levels and lawyers from across the commonwealth.
A recap of the events and a link to our Flickr photos here .
 
Leonard C. Heath Jr.  of Newport News  is the Virginia State Bar’s new president.
Heath heads the state agency that regulates and supports over 50,000 Virginia lawyers, and he is the first attorney from the Virginia Peninsula to serve in this capacity in over 50 years.
 
Marni E. Byrum  of Alexandria  is the Virginia State Bar's new president-elect . She was sworn in at the Annual Meeting on June 16 and will succeed President Leonard C. Heath Jr. for the 2019-20 term.
 
Membership in the VSB-VBA Joint Alternative Dispute Resolution Committeewill help you keep informed of Virginia ADR developments, enhance your negotiation and ADR skills, and meet your ethical obligations to counsel clients on ADR options. Additionally, your $25 dues entitle you to a discount on the Second Annual ADR Symposium: ADR in the Workplace on Sept. 4 and its 4 anticipated CLE/CME credits. Join or renew now!
 
The Access to Legal Services Committee of the Virginia State Bar is seeking nominations for the  Lewis F. Powell Jr. Pro Bono Award  and the  Frankie Muse Freeman Organizational Pro Bono Award. The nomination deadline is August 1, 2018.  
 
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Updated: Jul 03, 2018