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June 17, 2013

Highlights of the June 13, 2013, Virginia State Bar Council Meeting

At its meeting on June 13, 2013, in Virginia Beach, the Virginia State Bar Council heard the following significant reports and took the following actions:


The council approved a $14.66 million budget for 2013-14. This is an increase of $1,088,989 over the 2012-13 operating budget. The budget includes a 2 percent raise for VSB staff and $500,000 in increased expenditures due to relocating the VSB offices.

Office Relocation

Executive Director Karen A. Gould said that six buildings have been identified as possible locations for the VSB offices. That list will be narrowed to three and those will be test-fitted for the bar’s requirements. The VSB's broker will then negotiate with the broker for the chosen site.

Amendments to VSB Bylaws Regarding Executive Committee Membership

The council approved 62 to 5 the motion to amend the bylaws giving the Diversity Conference a seat on the Executive Committee. A proposal to increase the size of the committee from 13 to 16 was suspended.

Rule Changes

The council unanimously approved changes to Rules of Professional Conduct 1.11, conflicts of interest; 1.15, safekeeping property; and 5.4, independence of a lawyer.


The council unanimously approved resolutions honoring W. David Harless for his years of service and his law firm for its support of Harless during his years as an officer and service on the VSB Council.


Updated: Jun 17, 2013