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March 01, 2010

Highlights of the February 27, 2010, Virginia State Bar Council Meeting

At its meeting on February 27, 2010, in Richmond, the Virginia State Bar heard the following significant reports and took the following actions:

Financial Report and Audit
President-elect Irving M. Blank reported that due to operational efficiencies the bar is operating within its revenues, and no dues increase should be needed through FY 2012.  An audit by the Virginia Auditor of Public Accounts reported that the VSB’s records for FY 2009 are in order and the bar was compliant with applicable laws and regulations.

Amendments to MCLE Regulations
Michael L. Davis, chair of the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Board, reported to council that the board amended its regulations to reflect current policies relating to course approval standards, course sponsor responsibilities, and attorney compliance reporting procedures.  The amendments limit prerecorded programs to eight credit hours.  The latter change will require attorneys to take at least four hours of live, interactive programs.  Live telephone seminars and webcasts will meet the live credit requirement, as well as video replays that provide interaction with a presenter.  The amendments are effective November 1, 2010. 

LSCV Report and Request for Assistance
Mark D. Braley, the executive director or the Legal Services Corporation of Virginia, reported to the executive committee that revenues from the Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts program have declined 85 percent in the last two years.  To assist in offsetting those and other funding losses, he asked that the VSB include an opportunity for lawyers to contribute to LSCV through the annual dues statement or through a direct fund-raising campaign. 

Proposed Amendments to Trust Account Rules
The proposed amendments to Part 6, § II, Rule 1:15 and Part 6, § IV, ¶ 20 were returned to the Standing Committee on Legal Ethics for reconsideration.

Resolution re Funding for Judicial Vacancies and Drug Court
The council voted 55-2 with 1 abstention to ask the General Assembly to continue funding existing judgeships and drug courts.

Updated: Mar 02, 2010