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December 29, 2017

Supreme Court of Virginia Amends Emeritus Rule to Encourage Pro Bono Service

Effective March 1, 2018, the Supreme Court of Virginia approved changes to the rules governing emeritus status in the Virginia State Bar.

Among other things, the amendments to Paragraph 3(e) of Part 6, Section IV of the Rules of the Supreme Court of Virginia alter the number of years an attorney must have been engaged in active practice before becoming an emeritus member, and they abolish the requirement to practice under the direct supervision of legal aid attorneys.

The full rule changes are available for review here.

Only two state bar members had emeritus status for most of 2017. The changes are intended to ease the transition to emeritus membership for the purpose of encouraging more pro bono legal services.