News and Information
June 23, 2021

VSB Proposes Changes to Review of Agreed Disciplinary Dispositions

The Virginia State Bar’s Standing Committee on Lawyer Discipline proposes amending the Rules of the Supreme Court of Virginia regarding how the Disciplinary Board reviews Agreed Dispositions. Comments from lawyers and the public are invited until July 23, 2021.

The revision will provide a Panel of the Disciplinary Board express authority to:

(1) advise the parties why the Panel rejects any proposed Agreed Disposition; and
(2) reconsider any revised Agreed Disposition that the parties present to the Panel. 

The revision encourages Agreed Dispositions, is in the interest of judicial economy and transparency, and conforms the disciplinary procedure with practice. The comments of the Panel are made on the record in a public proceeding.

Inspection and Comment
The proposed changes may be inspected here. Any individual, business, or other entity may file written comments in support of or in opposition to the proposed changes with Karen A. Gould, executive director of the Virginia State Bar, not later than July 23, 2021. Comments may also be submitted by mail to 1111 East Main Street, Suite 700, Richmond, Virginia 23219-0026 or by email to publiccomment@vsb.org.

Updated: Jun 23, 2021