News and Information
July 01, 2009

Virginia State Bar E-News July 1, 2009

Huddleston, Blank take office; Council votes for diversity conference – Leesburg attorney Jon D. Huddleston was sworn in as the 71st VSB president on June 19 at the Virginia State Bar Annual Meeting. Irving M. Blank of Richmond assumed the post of president-elect.


Dues Deadline is July 31 – Dues for each of the three requirements (annual dues, Clients’ Protection Fund fee and Professional Liability insurance certification) for the 2009-10 bar year must be physically received at the VSB offices by July 31, 2009 (NOT postmarked), in order to avoid the $50 late fees. Consider joining a section in your practice field – a great value at an average of $15 per section membership!

Supreme Court of Virginia seeking public comment on proposed amendments to the Rules of Court that govern administrative appeals, juror anonymity, requests for admission, and discovery pending demurrer. The deadline for comments is September 1, 2009.

Updated professional regulation FAQs now online – Frequently asked questions about Ethics have been updated by the VSB ethics department, and a new Trust Accounts FAQ section has been added to the website.

Join the Virginia ADR Joint Committee – Co-sponsored by The Virginia Bar Association and the Virginia State Bar. Return the membership application and $25 fee to the VBA directly.

Solo & Small-Firm Practitioner Forum in Abingdon – The July 16 forum features a presentation by VSB ethics counsel, seminars on technology in your law office, and a Town Hall meeting with Chief Justice Leroy R. Hassell Sr. CLE (6 hours with 2 ethics). No charge.

Please be aware of fraudulent check e-scam – Virginia lawyers are being targeted by an e-mail scam that purports to retain the lawyer, then uses fraudulent certified checks or wire transfers to steal money from the attorney’s trust account.

Supreme Court introduces redesigned website – The Supreme Court of Virginia has redesigned its website for quicker access to forms, court contacts, and information on services used by lawyers and laypersons.

Technology Survey results tallied – In April and May, 2009, the VSB Special Committee on Technology and the Law used an online survey to help assess how Virginia attorneys use technology in their practice.


Updated: Jul 01, 2009