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August 01, 2019

Virginia State Bar Newsletter August 2019

The following went out as part of a monthly news summary email to all Virginia lawyers on August 1. To make sure you are receiving the VSB emails, update your contact information in the member portal and add vsbnews@vsb.org to the account’s address book.

Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine have asked the VSB to assist in soliciting and evaluating interested candidates for the judicial vacancy in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.

Governance

On July 2, 2019, the Supreme Court of Virginia issued an order amending a number of Rules. The amendments take effect on September 1, 2019.

The Advisory Committee on Rules of Court for the Supreme Court of Virginia is seeking public comment on two proposals for amendments to the Rules of Court. Comments on the proposed revisions are due by August 25, 2019.

Discipline

Recent disciplinary actions:

The Bar Disciplinary System held its 39th Annual Disciplinary Conference in Glen Allen last week with over 200 lawyers and lay people convening to discuss self-regulation, professionalism, and maintaining the integrity of the Virginia legal system.

Professional Opportunities

Volunteers are needed to serve on the Virginia State Bar’s 2020 boards and committees. The Nominating Committee will refer interested lawyers to Bar Council for consideration at its October meeting. All final appointments are made by the Supreme Court of Virginia, and new appointees may serve 2 consecutive 3-year terms. 

Interested in becoming a Fee Dispute Resolution arbitrator or mediator? Four training CLEs will be held in the early fall of 2019 to prepare volunteers to handle attorney-client fee disputes. Please register here for one of the training sessions. Contact Stephanie Blanton at blanton@vsb.org or 804-775-0576 for more information.

Consider joining the VSB-VBA Joint Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee to keep abreast of Virginia ADR developments, enhance your negotiation and ADR skills and meet your ethical obligations to counsel clients on ADR options. Renew or join here.

Compliance

Now is the time to check your online record and plan your MCLE compliance. Apply now for any non-approved course that you have attended. The MCLE compliance deadline is October 31, 2019.

Pro Bono

Nominate a pro bono hero! The Access to Legal Services Committee is seeking nominations for the Lewis F. Powell Jr. Pro Bono Award and the Frankie Muse Freeman Organizational Pro Bono Award. The nomination deadline is August 16.

Virginia Corporate Counsel are reminded to adhere to professional statutes when performing pro bono.

Events

Join keynote speaker the Honorable S. Bernard Goodwyn of the Supreme Court of Virginia on September 20th at the VSB Diversity Conference's CLE program highlighting diversity issues in the practice of law, including how implicit bias affects the decision-making process, best business practices, and how diversity and inclusion can be a business asset. Register here.

Would you like to participate in a town hall meeting with the Honorable William C. Mims, only the second person in history to serve as a justice on the Supreme Court of Virginia, as a member of the Virginia General Assembly and as Attorney General of Virginia? Then register now for the Solo & Small-Firm Practitioner Forum on October 22,* at the Hotel Madison and Conference Center in Harrisonburg that offers CLE and Ethics credits.  *date and location correction

Mark your calendars for the October 29, 2019, Bench-Bar Dinner to recognize newly-elected or newly-elevated female and minority judges that will be held at the Hilton Downtown Richmond. Updated: Aug 01, 2019