News and Information
March 27, 2020

Bar office to reopen March 30

March 29 update:
The VSB office at 1111 E. Main Street is closed to visitors.  If you need to reach a staff person, please send an email or call the appropriate contact person.


March 28 update: On March 27, 2020, the Supreme Court of Virginia issued an order extending the judicial emergency response to the COVID-19 emergency beginning April 6 through April 26, 2020, for all district and circuit courts of the Commonwealth.


The Virginia State Bar’s office will be open March 30, operating at reduced capacity, after closing March 24-27 due to health concerns with the spread of COVID-19.

The VSB 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 during this rapidly changing situation. Accordingly, many in-person services will be reduced or suspended.

We strongly urge the use of electronic communication to assist us in providing the following services to protect the public:

File a Complaint Against a Lawyer

If you have concerns regarding the conduct of a lawyer, you may submit a complaint to the Virginia State Bar. In order to ensure prompt receipt and review of complaints we strongly urge you to submit bar complaints online.
 

File an Unauthorized Practice of Law Complaint

An Unauthorized Practice of Law (UPL) Complaint can be submitted by completing the form and emailing it.
 

Request an Unauthorized Practice of Law Opinion

A Virginia lawyer may request a UPL Opinion by completing the form and emailing it.
 

Ethics Questions

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

Request a Formal Legal Ethics Opinion (LEO)

A Virginia lawyer may request a written legal ethics opinion from the Standing Committee on Legal Ethics. Formal LEOs must be approved by Council and the Supreme Court of Virginia. If you desire a quick informal response to an ethics question by the Ethics Department staff, please use the Ethics Hotline or submit your ethics question online.
 

Regulatory Compliance

Both Membership and MCLE services are operating with reduced capacity due to delays in mail processing and other extenuating circumstances related to the COVID-19 public health emergency. You should anticipate processing delays. You may contact us with specific questions by telephone at MCLE (804) 775-0577 and Membership (804) 775-0530. Should you experience delays in contacting us by telephone or if you prefer email, please email us at MCLE@vsb.org or membership@vsb.org.

If your license has been suspended for failure to complete your 2019 CLE requirement you may pay your Noncompliance, Late Filing, and Reinstatement fees online with a Visa or Mastercard. Log into your account and click on the option MCLE Payments. You may email your completed Certification(s) of Attendance to MCLE@vsb.org for reinstatement processing. The effective date of your reinstatement will be the day we receive all required CLE hours and fees.

Regarding the LIVE MCLE Requirement: Programs delivered via teleconference or webcast where there is an opportunity to interact with the speaker in real time qualify as live interactive CLE. 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. As the October compliance deadline approaches the VSB and the MCLE Board will reevaluate and disseminate more guidance if a compliance change is warranted.
 

Disciplinary Hearings

The Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board has generally continued Board hearings for March and April. View the Court's order (PDF) The status of all hearings will continue to be updated on the VSB website.

Meetings and Events

Due to health concerns related to the spread of COVID-19, Governor Ralph Northam has directed state agencies to cancel in-person meetings and non-essential, work-related gatherings until June 10, 2020. Further, the Supreme Court of Virginia has declared a judicial emergency for all district and circuit courts until April 6, 2020. The Court of Appeals has also issued an order outlining changes in response to the pandemic. (UPDATED ORDER)

Therefore, the 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.

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.

 

Questions regarding the status of the bar exam should be directed to the Virginia Board of Bar Examiners.

We will announce any additional information on our website and COVID-19 Updates and Safety Measures page.

See COVID-19 related resources for lawyers.

Updated: Apr 01, 2020