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September 01, 2010

Virginia State Bar E-News September 1, 2010


Council to consider UPL proposals — The Standing Committee on the Unauthorized Practice of Law (UPL) is seeking authority from the Virginia State Bar Council to ask the General Assembly for amendments to strengthen the bar’s ability to prosecute violators, provide a civil penalty for UPL, and protect the public.

Comments sought on draft legal ethics opinions — Deadlines set for proposed LEO 1802, advising clients on the use of lawful undisclosed recording, and proposed LEO 1854 on settlement negotiations in a criminal case.

Public comment sought on MCLE proposal — The Task Force on Paragraph 17 proposes changes to the procedures by which the MCLE Board may adopt or amend the MCLE regulations. The changes would include an increase in the number of MCLE Board members required to pass a proposed new regulation or amendment, and would establish oversight authority by the Virginia State Bar Council. Comment deadline is September 15, 2010.

Comment sought on multijurisdictional practice changes — At its October meeting, the Virginia State Bar Council will consider proposed Paragraph 13 amendments that establish procedures for disciplining lawyers who are not members of the Virginia bar but who are authorized to conduct a limited practice here. Comment deadline is September 15, 2010.

Register now for Bar Leaders Institute — The VSB Conference of Local Bar Associations’ Bar Leaders Institute, October 22 in Roanoke, will include sessions on basics of bar leadership, resources and programs for bars, leadership skills during a bad economy, ethics in social networking, and communications between bench and bar. Register today.

Permanent bar cards coming soon — Virginia State Bar members with active, active/Virginia corporate counsel, active/military legal assistance attorney, judicial, and emeritus status will receive permanent bar cards in December 2010.

Professional Development Conference sponsored by YLC — The Virginia State Bar Young Lawyers Conference is sponsoring their annual Professional Development Conference CLE in Richmond on October 1. Open to all attorneys, the seminar will focus on the essentials of growing your practice. Register here.

Updated: Sep 01, 2010