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May 23, 2017

Comments Sought on Proposed Amendment to Rules of the Supreme Court of Virginia

The Virginia State Bar Special Committee on Access to Legal Services is seeking comments on proposed changes to the Rules of the Supreme Court of Virginia Part 6, § IV, ¶ 3(e), Organization and Government: modifying the status of Emeritus Members who will be allowed to provide pro bono legal services. The changes to the rule allow emeritus members, as defined by the rule, to provide pro bono services without direct supervision of a supervising attorney after certifying annually their affiliation with a Qualified Legal Services Provider. They will pay no dues, may not practice law except in the limited manner specified in this subparagraph, and may not vote or hold office in the Virginia State Bar. However, emeritus members must comply with the petition and approval requirement for reinstatement as an active member and satisfy outstanding MCLE deficiencies.

Any individual, business, or other entity may file or submit written comments in support of or in opposition to the proposed amendment with Karen A. Gould, Executive Director of the Virginia State Bar, not later than June 30, 2017. Comments may be submitted via e-mail to

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Updated: May 23, 2017