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May 22, 2018

Comments Sought on Proposed Revisions to Unauthorized Practice of Law Rules

The Virginia State Bar’s Standing Committee on Legal Ethics seeks public comment on proposed revisions to Part 6, §I of the Rules of the Supreme Court of Virginia: The Practice of Law in the Commonwealth of Virginia and the Unauthorized Practice of Law.

Following a year-long review by a Virginia State Bar Study Committee to Revise the Unauthorized Practice of Law Rules, the committee recommended revisions to the definition of the practice of law and the deletion of Unauthorized Practice of Law Rules 1-9 with replacement by an entirely different format. 

More information is available here. And the full, proposed rule is available here (pdf).

The proposed definition more succinctly and clearly sets out the general prohibition against the unauthorized practice of law, a definition of the practice of law, exceptions (i.e., activity that is the practice of law but which nonlawyers and foreign lawyers may perform), exclusions (i.e., activity that is not considered the practice of law), commentary, and annotations.

Comments are due by July 13, 2018.

Updated: May 22, 2018