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June 19, 2018

What’s Different on Your Dues Statement this Year?

Your annual bar dues statement should arrive soon, if it hasn’t already. What’s new?

  1. Clients’ Protection Fund assessment: Financed entirely by the legal profession, the Clients’ Protection Fund is a fund of last resort for clients who have suffered financial losses by lawyers whose licenses have been suspended or revoked due to dishonest conduct. Va. Code § 54.1-3913.1 authorizes the Supreme Court of Virginia to assess up to $25 annually per active VSB member to fund the CPF. Effective July 1, 2018, the Supreme Court of Virginia reduced the CPF assessment from $25 to $10. Also effective July 1, 2018, the statutory assessment was extended from July 1, 2020 to July 1, 2023. At its most recent meeting on May 4, the CPF Board awarded $19,440 to former clients of four Virginia attorneys. Read more about the changes from Executive Director Karen Gould here. 
  2. Requirements for Emeritus membership: Per Supreme Court of Virginia approval in December, retiring members of the bar have the option to go dues-free and receive free CLEs, if they agree to practice only pro bono in affiliation with a qualified legal services provider. The changes to the rules are intended to ease the transition to emeritus membership for the purpose of encouraging more pro bono legal services.
  3. All active members also received a letter from Chief Justice Donald Lemons about the bar's new voluntary pro bono reporting provision. Please take a moment to read it. 

Please contact the membership department of the Virginia State Bar at (804) 775-0530 if you have questions about your dues statement. 

Updated: Jun 22, 2018