Legal Ethics

The Standing Committee on Legal Ethics meets regularly to consider attorneys’ formal requests for advisory opinions seeking guidance on legal ethics and the unauthorized practice of law as well as to analyze and debate proposals to amend the Rules of Professional Conduct and the Unauthorized Practice Rules. The committee adopts proposed advisory opinions or rule amendments for consideration by council and the Supreme Court of Virginia. The nine committee members are appointed by the president of the Virginia State Bar and may serve two consecutive three-year terms. The committee’s work may include other specific assignments or requests in its area of general responsibility from the bar’s officers, the Executive Committee or Bar Council. See the committee's full mission statement.

2021-22 Committee

 
Dennis John Quinn, Esq.
Chair
Carr Maloney P.C.
Tycon Towers
8000 Towers Crescent Dr Ste 1350
Tysons, VA 22182
 202-310-5519  2022 / 2
Michael Mackager York, Esq.
Vice Chair
Wehner & York, P.C.
11860 Sunrise Valley Dr Ste 100
Reston, VA 20191
 703-476-8000  2022 / 1
Vera Kathleen Dougherty, Esq.
 
McGuireWoods LLP
101 W Main St Ste 9000
Norfolk, VA 23510-1655
 757-640-3840  2024 / 1
Teresa Goody Guillén, Esq.
 
BakerHostetler
Washington Square Ste 1100
1050 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036
 202-861-1630  2023 / 1
Michael HuYoung, Esq.
 
Barnes & Diehl, P.C.
Three Paragon Place Suite 110
6806 Paragon Place
Richmond, VA 23230
 804-414-1602  2024 / 1
Kenneth Brett Marston, Esq.
 
Gentry, Locke, Rakes & Moore
10 Franklin Road, SE
P.O. Box 40013
Roanoke, VA 24022-0013
 540-983-9391  2023 / 1
Jeffery Keith Mitchell, Esq.
 
The Mitchell Law Firm, A Professional Corporation
1700 Kraft Dr Ste 2000
Blacksburg, VA 24060
 540-443-9272  2022 / 1
Michael Wayne Robinson, Esq.
 
Venable LLP
8010 Towers Crescent Dr Ste 300
Tysons Corner, VA 22182
 703-760-1600  2023 / 1
Nia Ayanna Vidal, Esq.
 
Office of the Federal Public Defender
Suite 3600
701 E. Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23219-1884
 804-565-0875  2024 / 1
James Michael McCauley, Esq.
Liaison
Virginia State Bar
1111 E Main St Ste 700
Richmond, VA 23219-0026
 804-205-6919  ---- / -
Updated: Aug 05, 2021