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Adopted | revisions to Paragraph 13-1 and 13-30 regarding a Lawyer Assistance Program. Approved by the Supreme Court of Virginia on October 31, 2018. Effective January 1, 2019.

At its June 14, 2018, meeting, the council unanimously approved amendments to Part 6, Section IV, Paragraph 13-1 and Paragraph 13-30. The amendment to Paragraph 13-1 defines a Lawyer Assistance Program. The amendment to Paragraph 13-30 addresses the provision of confidential information by Bar Counsel to a Lawyer Assistance Program. These amendments are responsive to the report of the National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being, which recommends that when information of mental health or substance abuse issues is discovered during investigation or prosecution of lawyer regulation matters, confidentiality rules will allow sharing of such information with lawyer assistance programs.

View the Supreme Court order (pdf)

Updated: October 31, 2018