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Adopted | revisions to Paragraph 3 and 13-23 regarding change of membership for impaired attorneys. Approved by the Supreme Court of Virginia on October 31, 2018. Effective January 1, 2019.

At its meeting on June 14, 2018, the council unanimously approved amendments to Part 6, Section IV, Paragraph 3 and Paragraph 13-23. The amendments are motivated by the report of the National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being and will facilitate retirement for a lawyer suffering from a permanent impairment, such as an irreversible cognitive decline, by allowing retirement with dignity instead of having the lawyer’s license suspended on impairment grounds. With these amendments, the impaired lawyer could transfer to the Disabled and Retired class of membership as described in proposed Paragraph 13-23.K. The proposed language in Paragraph 3(d) conforms to the requirements of amended Paragraph 13-23.

View the Supreme Court order (pdf)

Updated: October 31, 2018