News and Information
March 24, 2020

Law Practice During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Resources for Virginia Lawyers

The Virginia State Bar continues to provide essential services to Virginia’s lawyers and the public. However, we have taken steps to keep the health and safety of our members, employees, and the general public at the forefront of our actions in this rapidly changing situation. See the Bar’s webpage COVID-19 Updates and Safety Measures.

Read VSB Executive Director Karen A. Gould’s March 18, 2020, message to Virginia lawyers.
 

VSB Ethics Department

The VSB Ethics Hotline is open during the pandemic for Virginia lawyers.

Call the Ethics Hotline at (804) 775-0564. You will be prompted to leave a voice mail message, and your call will be returned in the order of receipt or email the Ethics Hotline: Any Virginia lawyer may submit a legal ethics question online. Depending on the complexity of your question, you will receive either an email response or a return phone call. The ethics staff strives to respond to your questions within the same day.

Ethics articles

Legal Ethics in the Age of the Coronavirus
By Saul Jay Singer (from the DC Bar Association)
 

Mandatory Continuing Legal Education

Programs delivered via teleconference or webcast where there is an opportunity to interact with the speaker in real time qualify as live interactive CLE. Please make sure any course you take indicates it is approved for Virginia live interactive credit. Contact the course sponsor with any questions. A partial list of already approved teleconference and webcast CLE courses is available on the MCLE page under Current Virginia Approved Courses.
 

 

Meetings and events

Virginia State Bar has canceled most in-person meetings and events, with very limited exceptions, until June 10, 2020. Most live events have been postponed or will be held by teleconference in an effort to minimize the potential spread of the coronavirus. Registrants have been contacted directly about any postponed events. We are monitoring the situation as to events taking place beyond June 10, including the Virginia State Bar Annual Meeting. The status of all meetings will continue to be updated on the events page of the VSB website.
 

Practice management

Free legal research

Virginia lawyers have free access to a comprehensive, nationwide law library, including case law, statutes, regulations, court rules, constitutions, and law review articles with Fastcase. Log in to access Fasctace.

Fastcase is providing additional free webinars for new individuals utilizing their tools as many lawyers who most work remotely do not have access to the same tools they utilize in their offices due to IP restrictions. Find free webinars.
 

Mental health

The Virginia Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program is available 24/7/365 for confidential assistance to lawyers and judges with concerns about mental health, addiction, or other stressors caused by this pandemic.

The ABA’s resource page for mental health concerns

We are sharing this webinar with Virginia lawyers as a general well-being resource. The provider has neither applied or been approved for MCLE credit in Virginia:
The National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being is sponsoring a one-hour free webinar for attorneys, “Keeping Our Balance During COVID-19,” Thursday, March 26, at 6:30 p.m.

 

VSB Disaster Resources webpage
 

Government agency resources

Updated: Mar 27, 2020