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September 04, 2013

Virginia State Bar E-News, September 2013

The Standing Committee on the Unauthorized Practice of Law Seeks public comment on two proposed UPL opinions.
- UPL 216 Probation Officers’ Recommendations in Pre-Sentence Reports.
- UPL 217 Non-Lawyer Acting as Prosecutor in a Criminal Contempt Proceeding

A Chesterfield County woman who was pretending to be a lawyer was convicted after being referred to the Hampton Circuit Court by the Standing Committee on Unauthorized Practice of Law.

The Committee on Lawyer Discipline seeks public comment on a proposed revision to Paragraph 13-13 regarding Participation and Disqualification of Counsel.

The VSB Young Lawyers Conference Professional Development Conference will be held in Richmond, Washington, D.C., and Virginia Beach, on October 4.  

An Introduction to Pro Bono: We Can All Do Something is a free webinar offered by the VSB Access to Legal Services Committee to recognize Celebrate Pro Bono Week. The October 21 seminar will discuss the growing need for pro bono lawyers, the rules of professional conduct that apply, available resources, and other information. CLE credits are pending. Registration, which is limited to 100 people, is September 9 through October 14.

VSB member volunteers are needed to serve as council members at large, and on the Disciplinary and Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Boards. Nominations are being sought by September 6. 

Jazz 4 Justice, a benefit supporting the VSB Diversity Conference, Blue Ridge Legal Services, and James Madison University's School of Music scholarships will be held September 14 at JMU in Harrisonburg.

The first five of a planned series of informational videos about the work of the Virginia State Bar are available on YouTube. The videos discuss the Clients’ Protection Fund, Fee Dispute Resolution, the Senior Citizens Handbook, the So You’re 18 brochure, and the Virginia Lawyer Referral Service.

ALPS and the VSB are co-sponsoring a CLE Tour September 16-19, September 30, and October 3. The tour is approved for 3 hours of CLE (ethics). Visit for more information and to register.

Tax Controversy Today: New Developments and Practical Tips webinar, offered by the Community Tax Law Project and sponsored in part by the VSB Taxation Section, will offer practical tips and remedies to assist clients on September 17. Topics will include IRS Fresh Start initiatives, changes in IRS and Virginia OIC programs, recent Tax Court decisions, changes in how IRS appeals handles cases, and when and how to engage the Taxpayer Advocate Service. Wrap up will include a roundtable on hot issues. The registration deadline is September 13. CLE credits are pending.


Updated: Sep 04, 2013