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April 16, 2019

Comment Sought on Amendments to Rules of Professional Conduct

The Virginia State Bar’s Standing Committee on Legal Ethics is seeking public comment on proposed amendments to Rules 1.17, 1.18, and 5.5 of the Rules of Professional Conduct.

The proposed amendment to Rule 1.17 corrects a word choice issue in Comment 12, replacing the word “concluded” with the word “included.” 

The proposed amendment to Rule 1.18 removes a phrase from Comment 6 to the Rule, “the lawyer believes that an effective screen could not be engaged to protect the client,” which is inconsistent with the section of the rule the comment is interpreting. 

The proposed amendments to Rule 5.5 include updating Comments 4 and 21 to reflect the current numbering of the advertising rules and correcting Comment 6, which twice uses the phrase “Foreign lawyer,” when “Foreign Lawyer” is a defined term under the rule and should be capitalized in every instance. The proposed amendments also revise Comment 14 to remove a reference to a subparagraph that is not a requirement in the body of the Rule.

Inspect the full proposed rule amendments at the links above. 

Comments may be submitted via email to publiccomment@vsb.org not later than May 24, 2019

Updated: Apr 16, 2019