VIRGINIA UPL OPINION 110


Legal Activities of Non-lawyer Inmates in a Correctional Facility.

It is not the unauthorized practice of law for a non-lawyer inmate of a correctional facility to enter into a contract assigning his power of attorney to another non-lawyer inmate.

However, it is the unauthorized practice of law for a non-lawyer inmate of a correctional facility to prepare legal instruments of any character for another inmate, to represent the interest of another inmate before any tribunal (other than the presentation of facts, figures or factual conclusions, as distinguished from legal conclusion), or to undertake for direct or indirect compensation to advise another inmate in any matter involving the application of legal principles to facts or purposes or desires. [UPL Op. No. 48; UPL Definition (B); UPR 1-101(A)]

Committee Opinion
December 2, 1987
Updated: Aug 28, 2006