Publications and Resources

Virginia Lawyer and Virginia Lawyer Register magazine

Virginia Lawyer and Virginia Lawyer Register magazine is the official publication of the Virginia State Bar and is distributed to lawyers, judges, general subscribers, law libraries, other state bar associations and the media.
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Free and Low Cost Legal Resources Pamphlet

Free and Low Cost Legal Resources in Virginia. A guide for helping low- and modest-income Virginians obtain legal services. (PDF file)

Virginia Free Legal Answers (pdf)

Print this one-page flyer to display in places where the public might benefit from knowing about Virginia Free Legal Answers, sponsored by the American Bar Association. 

Public Information Pamphlets

If you would like to order printed copies of these pamphlets, please download the Publications Order Form (pdf) and fax or mail with payment (when applicable) to the Virginia State Bar at (804) 775-0501.

Senior Citizen's Handbook

The Senior Citizens Handbook is a resource for seniors, their families, and their caregivers to provide an overview of and contact information for opportunities and choices facing senior citizens today, with a summary of how specific laws affect Virginia's elder citizens and practical advice on issues such as Medicaid, Alzheimer’s Disease, landlord-tenant relations, and much more. There is also an extensive list of community-service organizations that detail the various services available to senior citizens.

So You're 18

This book and corresponding website is dedicated to the job of informing all citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia, and in particular, the young citizens, how to find and where to look for help in solving their problems. It does not cover everything, but we hope it is helpful to the people who use it.
So You’re 18 - (PDF) updated October 2017
For copies, contact Paulette Davidson at (804) 775-0521 or

Legal Handbook for Cancer Survivors

Recognizing the need for a resource addressing the legal issues faced by cancer survivors in Virginia, the VSB Young Lawyers Conference partnered with the Legal Information Network for Cancer to develop this information. ©2010 Virginia State Bar

Guide to Lawyer Discipline

This guide explains how the VSB deals with complaints about lawyers.

Inquiries About Lawyers

This information will tell you about the Virginia State Bar attorney disciplinary process and how to file an inquiry.


Publications for Lawyers

Virginia Lawyer Referral Service

Learn more about the referral service and download an application to participate.

Checklist for Opening Your First Law Office

A detailed list of helpful tips for any attorney getting ready to open a private practice. It is intended to highlight all the essential elements of running a new practice.

Guardianship and Conservatorship Proceedings Regarding Incapacitated Adults

This material (PDF), which was prepared with the assistance of the Virginia State Bar's Senior Lawyers Conference, contains information regarding guardianship and conservatorship proceedings for incapacitated adults.

Lawyers and Other People's Money: A Resource for Maintaining Trust Accounts (PDF file)

The VSB Lawyer Malpractice Insurance Committee has published this information for all lawyers to use in maintaining their trust accounts in accord with the bar's legal ethics rules. Updated April 2012.

Principles of Cooperation for Physicians and Attorneys In The Commonwealth of Virginia (Word doc)

Fourth Edition Now Available In Electronic Form Only

Professional Guidelines

The Professional Guidelines is published each fall and contains the rules and regulations of the bar, including the Rules of Professional Conduct, attorney trust account regulations, mandatory continuing legal education regulations and forms, Virginia Consumer Real Estate Settlement Protection Act regulations, and portions of the Rules of the Supreme Court that outline VSB governance and the procedure for disciplining attorneys.

Planning Ahead: Protecting Your Client's Interests in the Event of Your Disability or Death

This information was designed to assist attorneys in planning for the future.

The Revised Handbook on Appellate Advocacy in the Supreme Court of Virginia and the Court of Appeals of Virginia

The Appellate Advocacy handbook is designed to assist members of the bar in preparing themselves for appeals in the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals of Virginia. This handbook, however, is not a substitute for, or replacement of, Parts 5 and 5A of the Rules of Court. The handbook contains information and suggestions intended to promote efficiency and improve appellate advocacy in these courts. It may not reflect new revisions to the Rules of Court. Every lawyer contemplating an appeal to the Supreme Court or Court of Appeals of Virginia should become thoroughly familiar with the Rules of Court.

Download the 2011 Edition of the Appellate Advocacy Handbook (PDF, 48 pages, 344 KB)

Annual Reports of the Virginia State Bar

Here you will find links to the Annual Reports of the VSB from Fiscal Year 1997-98 to the present. The Annual Report includes reports from executive officers, as well as section, conference and committee chairs.

Updated: Feb 27, 2018