February 27, 2012
Highlights of the February 25, 2012, Virginia State Bar Council Meeting
At its meeting on February 25, 2012, in Richmond, the Virginia State Bar Council heard the following significant reports and took the following actions:
Paragraph 13 Regarding Service on the Disciplinary Board
The council unanimously approved an amendment to Paragraph 13-6 regarding service on the VSB Disciplinary Board. The Standing Committee on Lawyer Discipline had previously approved the proposed amendment to require service as a district committee member as a prerequisite for nomination for Disciplinary Board service.
The Payee Notification Task Force will meet next on April 25, 2012. The task force has agreed on tentative language for the statute, and has forwarded it to representatives of the insurance industry and the SCC’s Bureau of Insurance for review. The legislation would require insurers to notify claimants when they disburse settlement proceeds of $5,000 or more to claimants’ attorneys. The task force also agreed to limit what can be said in the notice only to the statutory language, and required that the notice and check be sent only after an actual settlement has been reached by the insurance company or self-insured entity with the lawyer for the claimant.
ABA Ethics 20/20 Commission
Senior Justice Elizabeth Lacy reported on the work of the ABA Ethics 20/20 Commission. Her written report was included in the materials provided to the council.
Election of District Disciplinary Committee Members
The council approved the appointment of Stephen J. McArdle Jr. to the Fifth District Committee, Section II, and Bruce D. Jones to the Second District Committee, Section I.
Midyear Legal Seminar
W. David Harless made the announcement that the 2012 Midyear Legal Seminar trip would be held in Rome November 7-14, 2012.
Hassell Memorial Tree
The VSB and the Virginia Bar Association will plant a tree on the grounds of the State Capitol in honor of the late Chief Justice Leroy Rountree Hassell Sr. The ceremony will be on April 24.
The council approved without dissent a resolution honoring Alan Cooper for his years of service as a reporter with Virginia Lawyers Weekly, the Richmond Times-Dispatch and The Richmond News Leader.