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March 01, 2021

Highlights of the February 27 VSB Council Meeting

At its February 27, 2021, virtual meeting, the Virginia State Bar Council heard the following significant reports and took the following actions:

Amendments to the Clients’ Protection Fund Assessment

The Council approved, with 57 yea and 2 nay votes, proposed revisions to Part 6, Section IV, Paragraph 16, of the Rules of the Supreme Court of Virginia to reduce the required CPF fee from $10 to $5 for each active member of the Bar. The proposed changes will be presented to the Supreme Court of Virginia for approval.

Amendments to Delinquency Fees
The Council approved, with 58 yea votes and 3 nay votes, to reduce delinquency fees from $50 to $25 relating to the member compliance requirements governed by Part 6, Section IV, Paragraph 19. The proposed changes will be presented to the Supreme Court of Virginia for approval.

Budget
The Council approved, by unanimous vote, a $14.8 million proposed budget for the FY2022, with a caveat that adjustments will be made to accommodate a proposed 5 percent pay raise with benefits for state employees currently under consideration by the Virginia General Assembly. The budget will be presented to the Supreme Court of Virginia for approval.

Bylaws and Paragraph 4 Amendments Regarding President-elect Elections
The Council approved, by unanimous vote, to conform Paragraph 4 of the Rules of Court and the Bylaws governing the VSB to modern voting practices. The proposed changes will be presented to the Supreme Court of Virginia for approval.

Amendments to Paragraph 13 Regarding Bar Proceedings
The Council approved, with 61 yea votes, 0 nay votes, and one abstention, revisions to Part 6, Section IV, Paragraph 13, to promote greater fairness, efficiency, consistency, and transparency in Bar proceedings, after Council unanimously approved amending Paragraphs 13-16.DD. and 13-18.R. to substitute the word “motion” for “case,” in the sentence: “If no relief is granted, the Board shall enter its order disposing of the casemotion.” The proposed changes will be presented to the Supreme Court of Virginia for approval.

Amendments to Completion Period for Mandatory Professionalism Course
The Council approved, with 61 yea votes and 1 nay vote, amending Part 6, Section IV, Paragraph 13.1, to extend the period for completion of the Professionalism Course. The proposed changes will be presented to the Supreme Court of Virginia for approval.

Proposed LEO 1878
The Council approved, with 58 yea votes, 0 nay votes, and one abstention, LEO 1878 regarding a successor lawyer’s duties in a contingent fee matter.

Updated: Mar 01, 2021