News and Information
September 05, 2018

Virginia State Bar Newsletter September 2018

The following went out as part of a monthly news summary email to all VSB members and associates on September 5. To make sure you are receiving the VSB emails, update your contact information in the member portal and add to the account’s address book.


The Justices of the Supreme Court of Virginia announced on August 28th that they have re-elected the Honorable Donald W. Lemons as Chief Justice.

Interested in serving as an at-large member of Bar Council or on the bar's MCLE board? Have disciplinary district committee experience and want to join the Disciplinary Board? You have until September 7th to apply for these SCOVA appointed spots

On August 30th, 2018, the Supreme Court of Virginia amended Rules 1:1, 1:11, and 3:20, to become effective on November 1, 2018.

At its meeting on August 1, 2018, the Standing Committee on Legal Ethics withdrew 12 Legal Advertising Opinions (LAOs) issued by the former Standing Committee on Lawyer Advertising and Solicitation. The LAOs had become obsolete, superseded by amendments to the Rules of Professional Conduct, or have been restated in whole or in part in LEO 1750. 

Disciplinary Actions:

The VSB Disciplinary Board is accepting comments on Steven Frank Helm’s petition for reinstatement of his license to practice law pursuant to Part 6, § IV, ¶ 13-25.E of the Rules of the Supreme Court of Virginia. The deadline for comment is November 9, 2018. The original revocation order may be found here.

You asked, we answered: Curious about serving on the bar’s boards and committees? We created a page that gives you all the information you need. (We hope.) Keep an eye on Virginia Lawyer magazine and your emails for calls for applications throughout the year.



MCLE HOURS – By October 31, 2018, you must have completed 12 CLE hours, of which 2 hours must be in ethics and 4 hours live. Click here to check your record. Apply for any non-approved course you have attended using the Attorney Individual ApplicationMore MCLE information available here.


Pro Bono

“Pro bono at Williams Mullen begins and ends with Andy Nea,” says Benjamin Pace, a partner at the firm. Read why Nea is the 2018 recipient of the Lewis F. Powell Jr. Pro Bono Award.

First responders, natural disaster and domestic violence victims, and pro se litigants – just some of the many beneficiaries of pro bono programs by the Prince William County Bar Association. Read why the organization is the recipient of the 2018 Frankie Muse Freeman Pro Bono Award.

Register now: The Special Committee on Access to Legal Services will hold its annual Pro Bono Conference and Celebration on Wednesday, October 17, at the Waterside Marriott in Norfolk. Three CLE sessions are available.


Lawyer Well-Being

“When it comes to wellness, this is our moment,” says Supreme Court of Virginia Justice William Mims. Read more at the VSB’s recently updated page on the topic – and stay well out there. 


Did you Know? Fastcase, a free resource for all bar members (a $995 annual value), offers free webinars on how to conduct legal research. See the September webinar dates online


Programs and Events

Register now to attend the First Annual Forum on Diversity in the Legal Profession on November 9, 2018, at the University of Richmond School of Law. Four or five CLE hours are pending. The program is FREE to all VSB members.

Register for the Solo & Small-Firm Practitioner Forum at the Wytheville Meeting Center on Thursday, October 18, that offers CLE and Ethics credits. 

The Joint Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee presents the 2nd Annual ADR Symposium: ADR in the Workplace on Sept. 24 at Troutman Sanders' offices in Richmond. Court of Appeals Judge Wesley G. Russell Jr. will provide an update on the Appellate Mediation pilot project. MCLE credits available. 

The Joint ADR Committee is sponsoring required, basic mediation training and specialized appellate mediation training in November. The 20-hour basic course for mediators, with an emphasis on appellate mediation, will run Nov. 14-16. On Nov. 16, a special two-hour course on appellate litigation/mediation will be offered. For more information, email Caroline Wilson at the VBA.

Updated: Sep 07, 2018