Proposed Amendment to Bylaws of the Virginia State Bar

to Provide For Five-Tear Terms For the Special Committee On Lawyer Malpractice Insurance


The Special Committee on Lawyer Malpractice Insurance has recommended that its term limit be changed from three years to five years because of the personal investment of time necessary to learn the subject matter involved. Part of the mission of the LMI Committee is to evaluate and analyze the endorsed carrier. The committee is undertaking an extensive course of study to increase the level of knowledge possessed by each committee member. Its five-year plan includes creating metrics and measurements to analyze ALPS performance.

Any individual, business or other entity may file or submit written comments in support of, or in opposition to, the proposed changes by mail to Karen A. Gould, the Executive Director of the Virginia State Bar, 707 East Main Street, Suite 1500, Richmond, Virginia 23219-2800, or via email,, no later than May 26, 2009.



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Sec. 4. Members of special committees shall be appointed to three-year terms, with the exception of the Special Committee on Lawyer Malpractice Insurance whose members shall be appointed to five-year terms. No member shall serve more than two consecutive three-year terms on such a committee. A member appointed to fill an unexpired term shall be eligible to serve two additional full three-year terms. An eligible member wishing to be reappointed to a special committee shall be required to reapply in writing prior to the end of his or her current term under procedures established by Council and administered by the executive director. If any member of a committee fails to attend either three meetings during any bar year or two successive meetings of the committee without providing an explanation satisfactory to the committee chair, or in the case of a lawyer member, is declared not in good standing with the Virginia State Bar, such person’s position shall automatically be considered vacated and filled as in the case of other vacancies.

Updated: Mar 06, 2009