Section News and Information
November 25, 2008
Encourage JAG Lawyers to Become Certified Under Rule 1A:6 to provide legal assistance
Additional InfoRule 1A:6
Bar Council will consider in February whether to eliminate the $140 fee for the Professionalism Course for lawyers to become certified under this rule.
Encourage JAG Lawyers to Become Certified Under Rule 1A:6 to provide legal assistance to military families
Virginia has long recognized the privilege of active-duty Judge Advocate Officers stationed in Virginia, but not admitted to practice in Virginia, to provide legal assistance to their military clients and dependents under 10 U.S.C. § 1044. Effective January 14, 2003, the Supreme Court of Virginia enacted a Rule allowing such Judge Advocate Officers to provide additional services to their clients on and off of the military installations, including in-court representation. The full text of this Rule is set forth below. Judge Advocate Officers who make application to the Virginia Board of Bar Examiners and pay the necessary fees may be admitted to practice in Virginia in accordance with this Rule. The Rule generously waives Virginia State Bar dues for the first two years.
There is a new development that should further assist Judge Advocate Officers in obtaining admission under this Rule. The Virginia State Bar, subject to the Bar Council’s approval, is seeking a waiver of the $140 Professionalism Course fee for qualified Judge Advocate Officers. If the Bar Council approves this proposal, the costs of obtaining admission under this Rule will be substantially reduced. All Staff Judge Advocates and Chiefs of Legal Assistance stationed in Virginia are encouraged to inform their Legal Assistance Officers of this development, and encourage them further to seek admission under this Rule to help their aggrieved clients.