News and Information
October 01, 2019

Virginia State Bar Newsletter October 2019

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

Governance

The Hon. Teresa M. Chafin has been invested to the Supreme Court of Virginia, replacing retiring Justice Elizabeth A. McClanahan. Justice Chafin, a native of Lebanon, was elected by the General Assembly to a 12-year term that began in September.

Comments are sought on proposed revisions to the Clients’ Protection Fund rules. Comments due Oct 11.

A SCOVA advisory committee seeks comments on proposed amendments to the Rules of Court regarding deposition notices and the alternative pretrial order for eminent domain cases. Comments due Dec 12.

Discipline

Recent disciplinary actions:

  • Marc Ericson Darnell, license suspended, effective September 18, 2019.
  • Paul Granville Watson IV, license suspended, effective September 27, 2019
  • Glenn Cameron Alexander, public reprimand, effective August 20, 2019.

Compliance

MCLE HOURS – By midnight, eastern time, October 31, 2019, active lawyers must have completed 12 hours of CLE, of which 2 hours must be in ethics and 4 hours live interactive. Click here to check your record. Apply for any non-approved course you have attended using the Attorney Individual Application. Please be advised our fax machine was lost in the recent flooding. Log into your account online to post your CLE hours OR mail them to our office to be added to your record. More MCLE information available here.

Pro Bono / Access

October is Pro Bono month!

Plan to attend the Pro Bono Conference on Oct.16 in Harrisonburg that includes 4.5 FREE CLE hours (1.5 ethics), and a dinner honoring the recipients of this year's VSB pro bono awards: Consumer Litigation Associates PC, and Kelly Guzzo PLC (co-recipients), and Herb Sebren of Tappahannock

The Young Lawyers Conference is co-sponsoring with the Governor's office a Richmond Wills for Heroes session in October to assist Virginia State and Capitol Police. Learn more and sign up to volunteer! No estate planning experience is necessary.

CLE & Events

Bench-Bar Dinner
Celebration of Women & Minorities in the Legal Profession
Honoring over 40 judges
Richmond Hilton
October 29
Reception & Dinner
register online
$300 per table of 8; $40 single

A Day in General Practice CLE
Learn from the Best Judges and Lawyers in Virginia
Richmond
October 16
7 hours CLE 
2 Ethics (pending)

register online
$85 (includes lunch)

Interested in becoming a VSB fee dispute mediator/arbitrator? We are offering free fee dispute training in October for all VSB mediators and arbitrators. If you would like to volunteer, please register at one of the following links:
Richmond: October 4
Norfolk: October 24
Fredericksburg: October 29 

We Need Lawyers For Prescreened Referrals.
The Virginia Lawyer Referral Service needs lawyers in certain parts of the Commonwealth and with certain expertise. Find out where they are and how to join the VLRS panel.

Call for Nominations!
The Section on the Education of Lawyers seeks nominees for the William R. Rakes Leadership in Education Award. The Criminal Law Section seeks nominations for the Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Award. Nominate someone today!

Mark your calendars for next year:

  • 50th Annual Criminal Law Seminar, Charlottesville & Williamsburg – Feb 7 & 14
  • Bar Leaders Institute, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Richmond – March 6
  • Solo & Small-Firm Practitioner Forum, Eastern Shore Community College, Melfa – April 3
  • Techshow CLE, Greater Richmond Convention Center – April 27
  • Indigent Criminal Defense Seminar, Greater Richmond Convention Center; Remote locations: Wytheville Meeting Center and Hotel Madison and Conference Center – May 1
  • Solo & Small-Firm Practitioner Forum, Institute for Advanced Learning and Research, Danville – May 19
  • Annual Meeting, Virginia Beach – June 17-20
Updated: Oct 01, 2019