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August 01, 2012

Virginia State Bar E-News, August 2012

The Membership Task Force seeks public comment on proposed VSB Bylaw revisions to election procedures, including an amendment to permit the VSB to offer a choice between paper ballots and online ballots to its members. Comments are due by September 30.

VSB member volunteers are needed to serve as council members at large, and on the Disciplinary and Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Boards. Nominations are being sought by September 7.

Reminder: The MCLE 4-hour live programming requirement is effective this compliance year. Check your MCLE record online and see FAQs about the new requirement.

The Committee on Legal Ethics is seeking public comment on two proposed advisory LEOs by September 7:

  • LEO 1863 – May a lawyer communicate with an insurance adjuster when the insured is represented by a lawyer provided by the insurer?
  • LEO 1864 – May a criminal defense lawyer agree that he will not give certain discovery materials to his client during the course of the representation, and that he will remove certain materials from his file prior to the end of the representation?

The Committee on Legal Ethics has issued two advisory LEOs as final:

  • LEO 1862 ­– Regarding what constitutes “timely disclosure” of exculpatory evidence, and duties to disclose information in plea negotiations.
  • LEO 1866 – Regarding “of Counsel” relationship.

The Professional Development Seminar, “Building Strong Fundamentals, Refreshing Practice Skills,” will be held on September 21 in two locations this year – Richmond and Washington DC. 6.0 CLE hours (pending), including 2.0 in ethics.

Scam alert issued. Take precautions before representing an overseas e-mail client. The FBI reports that Internet scammers are targeting lawyers and law firms with fictitious collection cases.

The June/July issue of Virginia Lawyer, featuring VSB President W. David Harless and the Annual Meeting wrap-up, may be viewed online in a flip-page format.

Updated: Aug 02, 2012