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February 01, 2015

Virginia State Bar E-News, February 2015

The Standing Committee on Legal Ethics is seeking public comment on Legal Ethics Opinion 1880, “Obligations of a Court-Appointed Attorney to Advise His Indigent Client of the Right of Appeal Following Conviction Upon a Guilty Plea; Duty of Court-Appointed Attorney to Follow the Indigent Client’s Instruction to Appeal Following a Guilty Plea When the Attorney Believes the Appeal Would Be Frivolous.”

The Ethics Committee also issued LEO 1879, “Application of Rules 3.1 and 3.8 to an Administrative Prosecutor in a Non-Criminal Proceeding,” as final.

The following circuits will be holding elections for one or more seats on Council, the VSB's governing body:  4, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17, 18, 19, 21, 23, 28, and 30.  If you are interested in serving on Council, e-mail a nominating petition to the executive director, Karen A. Gould, Petitions must be signed by not fewer than ten other members eligible to vote in the circuit, and shall be accompanied by a statement of qualifications not exceeding one hundred and fifty words. Nominations must be filed in the office of the executive director on or before April 1.

Virginia State Bar President-elect Edward L. Weiner is requesting applications for VSB committees. The application deadline is February 27, and terms start July 1.

Volunteers are needed to fill vacancies on the VSB’s boards and committees. Please submit nominations, along with a brief resume, by March 27

The Standing Committee on Lawyer Discipline calls for nominations for district committee vacancies to be filled by Council in June. 

The 45th Annual Criminal Law Seminar, sponsored by the VSB Criminal Law Section and Virginia CLE, is scheduled for February 6, 2015, in Charlottesville and February 13, 2015, in Williamsburg.

Space is still available for the 11th Annual Indigent Criminal Defense Seminar Advanced Skills for the Experienced Practitioner. You may register for the May 1 event at the Greater Richmond Convention Center or webcasts in Weyers Cave and Wytheville. 

Nominations are being sought for the following awards:

Registration is open for the Virginia Academy of Elder Law Attorneys 8th annual UnProgram, February 20 – 21 at the Boar's Head Inn, Charlottesville.

Updated: Jan 30, 2015