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February 03, 2022

Senate Bill Affecting Disciplinary System Fails

A Virginia Senate Bill affecting the Bar disciplinary system failed in committee when it was passed by indefinitely by committee on February 2, 2022.

Senate Bill 561 was filed on January 12, 2022, by Senator J. Chapman Petersen. The bill, if passed, would have created the Attorney Disciplinary Commission (ADC) in the legislative branch, thus removing lawyer discipline from the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court of Virginia. This was just one of many proposed substantive changes to the current disciplinary system, creating a more secretive process than currently exists.

On February 2, 2022, SB 561 failed to report out of committee by a vote of 11-4. Voting against the bill were Senators John Edwards (D-21), R. Creigh Deeds (D-25), Richard L. Saslaw (D-35), Thomas K. Norment, Jr. (R-3), L. Louise Lucas (D-18), Mark D. Obenshain (R-26), Ryan D. McDougle (R-4), Scott A. Surovell (D-36), Jennifer L. McClellan (D-9), Jennifer B. Boysko (D-33), Mark J. Peak (R-22). Voting in favor of SB 561 were Senators Joseph D. Morrissey (D-16), J. Chapman Petersen (D-34), William M. Stanley Jr. (R-20), and Richard H. Stuart (R-28).

The Judiciary Committee proceedings can be viewed at the Senate of Virginia’s website. The Bill can be read in full as well.

Updated: Feb 03, 2022