Hon. David W. Lannetti, Chair

The Standing Committee on Professionalism is charged with the execution, administration, and ongoing oversight of the mandatory Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Course, which all newly admitted active members of the Virginia State Bar are required to attend.  The purpose of the course is to encourage attorneys to uphold and elevate the standards of honor, integrity, and courtesy in the legal profession.  Since institution of the program in 1988, over 42,300 new admittees have taken the course

During the past year, courses were held in Roanoke, McLean (2), and Richmond (2).  There were approximately 777 combined attendees at these courses. Due to the decrease in the number of attorneys required to take the course, one McLean course was eliminated.  The committee was happy to welcome Joseph A. Condo, the Honorable Gerald Bruce Lee (retired), the Honorable David J. Novak, the Honorable M. Hannah Lauck, and the Honorable Robert S. Ballou as luncheon speakers at the courses.  Programs scheduled for Charlottesville and Norfolk were cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, and the compliance deadline for members was extended. 

Professionalism Course costs are supported solely by attendee registration fees, with any excess funds held in reserve for future years.  Due to increased course costs and decreased attendance, the reserve was expected to be depleted in 2021; therefore, the committee voted to increase the course costs to $200 for members admitted by bar exam and $225 for members admitted by reciprocity, as corporate counsel, or returning to active status.  The Council approved this fee increase at its February 2020 meeting.

The Honorable David W. Lannetti will continue to serve as committee chair and course moderator for the 2020–2021 year.  Because the committee could not meet during the pandemic state of emergency, no new faculty were selected; instead, faculty members scheduled to retire in 2020 will be asked to serve one additional year. 

Updated: Jul 16, 2020