Disciplinary Board

The Disciplinary Board hears the most serious cases of lawyer misconduct. The board issues written opinions following its hearings.

The 20-member board appointed by the Supreme Court of Virginia is composed of 16 attorneys and four lay members. Ideally members have experience within the disciplinary system (local disciplinary district committees). Volunteers are solicited in Virginia Lawyer magazine, in emails, and online.

  • Applications are accepted from mid-September through mid-November.
  • Applicants must submit a resume, a writing sample responding to a disciplinary system hypothetical fact pattern made available when the application process opens, and a brief statement of interest to [email protected] during the application period.
  • Applications will be reviewed by the Disciplinary Board, the VSB Nominating Committee, the VSB Executive Committee, and the VSB Council. Appointment recommendations will be made to the Supreme Court of Virginia for consideration at its March business meeting.

At any point throughout the year, see the current list of vacancies for opportunities to serve.

Upcoming meetings may be found on the Calendar, and are subject to the Virginia Freedom of Information Act. Agendas and call in numbers will be provided on the meeting entry on the Calendar.

Disciplinary Board Volunteer Details

Volunteers are needed annually to serve on the Virginia State Bar’s (VSB’s) Disciplinary Board. Prior district committee service is required.

What is the Disciplinary Board?

The 20-member Board, appointed by the Supreme Court of Virginia, is composed of 16 attorneys and 4 lay members. The Board hears the most serious cases of lawyer misconduct and issues written opinions following its hearings.

Sitting on a panel of four lawyers and one lay member, members consider: (1) appeals from Public or Private Reprimands or Admonitions imposed by a subcommittee or local disciplinary district committee; (2) complaints and certifications submitted to it by a subcommittee or local disciplinary district committee; (3) misconduct by reason of conviction of a crime; (4) impairment proceedings; (5) Revocation or Suspension in another jurisdiction; (6) motions for Summary Suspension; (7) Petitions for Reinstatement; (8) violations of RESA; and (9) all other matters enumerated in the Rules of the Supreme Court of Virginia.

What is the application process?

  • There will be three (3) lawyer and one (1) lay member vacancies on July 1, 2024.
  • The application period runs from September 12 through November 14, 2023.
  • Prior District Committee service is required.
  • Attorney Applications:
    • The applicant must submit (i) a current resume or curriculum vitae (CV) and (ii) a writing sample responding to a disciplinary system hypothetical fact pattern.
    • Your resume/CV should highlight: (i) litigation experience; (ii) familiarity with Part 6, Section IV, Paragraph 13 of the Rules of Court; (iii) judicial or quasi-judicial experience; (iv) Familiarity with the Rules of Evidence; and (v) experience with the VSB Disciplinary System.
    • The hypothetical for the writing sample Word document is available for download.
  • Lay Member Applications: Applicants must submit a current resume or CV and a brief statement of interest.
  • All applications should be addressed to Stephanie Grana, Chair, VSB Nominating Committee, Virginia State Bar, 1111 E. Main Street, Suite 700, Richmond, VA 23219 and emailed to [email protected].
  • Additional information on the application process are available at the VSB website.
  • Questions should be directed via email to [email protected].

What is the selection process?

Once the application period is closed, there is a four-step review and selection process:

  • The Disciplinary Board will initially review applications and refer them to the Nominating Committee.
  • The Nominating Committee will review the applications and make recommendations to the VSB Executive Committee and Council.
  • The VSB Executive Committee and Council, at their February 2024 meeting, will review the applications and make recommendations to the Supreme Court of Virginia.
  • The Supreme Court of Virginia will make a decision on the recommendations at its March 2024 business meeting.

Board members who are completing their second full, consecutive, three-year term are ineligible for appointment. They are eligible to serve again one year after the expiration of their second term.

Individuals are ineligible for appointment if they:

  • Do not have prior Local Disciplinary District Committee service;
  • Have ever been convicted of a crime, in any jurisdiction;
  • Have ever committed any criminal act that reflects adversely on their honesty, trustworthiness, or fitness as a member of the District Committee;
  • Have ever had prior discipline involving disbarment, revocation, or suspension;
  • Had a public reprimand in the prior 10 years; or
  • Had private discipline or an admonition in the prior five years.

How long is the commitment?

Appointed members may serve two consecutive 3-year terms. An unexpired term appointment may serve two consecutive 3-year terms after completing the unexpired term.

Benefits of serving on a District Committee

Attorneys are a self-regulating profession in the Commonwealth governed by a code of ethics to which attorneys must comply and procedures by which attorneys who violate that code of ethics will be disciplined. This system of self-regulation is powered by approximately 200 attorneys and lay members who volunteer their time to sit on District Committees, the Disciplinary Board, and the Committee on Lawyer Discipline (COLD) – all of which play an integral role in determining whether ethical misconduct has occurred and the appropriate sanction related thereto.

VSB seeks balance and diversity in committee membership, not only in race and gender, but in geography, the types of practice areas in which lawyers are engaged, and the settings in which lawyers practice (e.g., solos to corporate counsel, prosecutors to defense).

Full NamePositionAddress of RecordTerm StartTerm End
Kamala Hallgren LannettiChairSchool Board Of The City Of VA Beach 2512 George Mason Dr Bldg #6 Rm 123 Virginia Beach, VA 23456-9067 UNITED STATES7/1/20236/30/2025COMMITTEE/DBOARD:50768:3858245LANNETTI, KAMALA1
David John Gogal1st Vice ChairBlankingship & Keith, P.C. Suite 300 4020 University Drive Fairfax, VA 22030-6802 UNITED STATES7/1/20236/30/2025COMMITTEE/DBOARD:48064:3858187GOGAL, DAVID2
Jennifer Dillow Royer2nd Vice ChairRoyer Law Firm P.C 3042 Brambleton Ave SW Roanoke, VA 24015-4404 UNITED STATES7/1/20236/30/2024COMMITTEE/DBOARD:70082:3858225ROYER, JENNIFER3
Alan Stewert AndersonMember4011 Ellicott St Alexandria, VA 22304-1011 UNITED STATES7/1/20236/30/2026COMMITTEE/DBOARD:35013:3858266ANDERSON, ALAN6
Dawn Elizabeth BoyceMemberMcGavin Boyce Bardot Thorsen & Katz PC 9990 Fairfax Blvd Ste 400 Fairfax, VA 22030 UNITED STATES7/1/20236/30/2026COMMITTEE/DBOARD:51863:3858255BOYCE, DAWN6
Adam Michael CarrollMemberAdam M. Carroll Esq PLLC 3333 Virginia Beach Blvd Bld ST 24 Virginia Beach, VA 23452 UNITED STATES7/1/20226/30/2025COMMITTEE/DBOARD:70002:3775880CARROLL, ADAM6
Stephanie Geromes CoxMemberStephanie G Cox PLC 209 Mountain View Drive #2 Blacksburg, VA 24060 UNITED STATES7/1/20226/30/2025COMMITTEE/DBOARD:56572:3777199COX, STEPHANIE6
Carolyn Virginia GradyMemberFederal Public Defender's Office 701 E Broad St Ste 3600 Richmond, VA 23219 UNITED STATES7/1/20226/30/2024COMMITTEE/DBOARD:49576:4108056GRADY, CAROLYN6
Robin Jamerson KegleyMemberThe Kegley Law Firm 200 S 8th St Wytheville, VA 24382-2519 UNITED STATES7/1/20226/30/2025COMMITTEE/DBOARD:60541:3777381KEGLEY, ROBIN6
Donita McRae KingMemberDonita King Law Offices, PLC 9100 Arboretum Pkwy Ste 185 Richmond, VA 23236 UNITED STATES7/1/20216/30/2024COMMITTEE/DBOARD:62872:32503KING, DONITA6
Alison Gillespie Monroe MartinMemberCounty of Henrico CA's Office 4309 E. Parham Rd Henrico, VA 23228 UNITED STATES7/1/20226/30/2024COMMITTEE/DBOARD:74028:3777499MARTIN, ALISON6
Mary Beth NashMemberGlenn Robinson Cathey Memmer & Skaff 400 Salem Ave SW Ste 100 Roanoke, VA 24016-3635 UNITED STATES7/1/20236/30/2026COMMITTEE/DBOARD:57288:3858258NASH, MARY6
Joseph Daniel PlataniaMember605 East Main St. Charlottesville, VA 22902 UNITED STATES7/1/20226/30/2025COMMITTEE/DBOARD:61323:3778110PLATANIA, JOSEPH6
Alexander Nathan SimonMember2604 West Main Street Richmond, VA 23220 UNITED STATES7/1/20236/30/2026COMMITTEE/DBOARD:38168:3862493SIMON, ALEXANDER6
John Donald WhittingtonMemberJohn D. Whittington, PC 3rd Floor 9214 Center Street Manassas, VA 20110 UNITED STATES7/1/20216/30/2024COMMITTEE/DBOARD:41072:33377WHITTINGTON, JOHN6
Reiss Frederick WilksMember4213 Kingcrest Pkwy Richmond, VA 23221 UNITED STATES7/1/20236/30/2026COMMITTEE/DBOARD:58331:3858256WILKS, REISS6
Reba H. DavisLay Member5960 O'Hara Landing Ct Burke, VA 22015 UNITED STATES7/1/20236/30/2026COMMITTEE/DBOARD:88527:3858201DAVIS, REBA7
Martha Jacobs GoodmanLay Member8506 Ocean Front Virginia Beach, VA 23451 UNITED STATES7/1/20216/30/2024COMMITTEE/DBOARD:83154:37249GOODMAN, MARTHA7
Elisabeth MartingayleLay Member211 61st Street Virginia Beach, VA 23451 UNITED STATES7/1/20226/30/2025COMMITTEE/DBOARD:77865:3456491MARTINGAYLE, ELISABETH7
Theodore SmithLay Member7316 Old Plank Rd Fredericksburg, VA 22407-8625 UNITED STATES7/1/20236/30/2026COMMITTEE/DBOARD:62867:3858219SMITH, THEODORE7
Jo FronfelterLiaisonVirginia State Bar 1111 East Main st Ste 700 Richmond, VA 23219 UNITED STATES  COMMITTEE/DBOARD:546306:3778520FRONFELTER, JO32
Bonnie WaldeckCommittee AdministratorVirginia State Bar 1111 E Main St 700 RICHMOND, VA 23219 UNITED STATES  COMMITTEE/DBOARD:99051:3857891WALDECK, BONNIE50