News and Information
November 24, 2009

Professional Guidelines To Be Published Online in Searchable Format

The Virginia State Bar Professional Guidelines for the first time are being published online in a searchable HTML format that will allow users to quickly access the sections they are looking for without flipping through pages or waiting for PDFs to download.

Because the format will meet most VSB members’ needs, print copies of the Professional Guidelines were not mailed with the October 2009 issue of Virginia Lawyer. A limited number of copies will be printed and provided to members on request.

The print version is published each fall and contains the rules and regulations of the bar, including the Rules of Professional Conduct, attorney trust account regulations, mandatory continuing legal education regulations and forms, Virginia Consumer Real Estate Settlement Protection Act regulations, and portions of the Rules of the Supreme Court that outline VSB governance and the procedure for disciplining attorneys.

The online HTML version will allow members to browse the Rules of Professional Conduct by using a table of contents with hot links. Previously, the Professional Guidelines were available on the VSB website only as PDF files.

The HTML version will be updated throughout the year to provide a current version at all times. The print version is updated once a year. Changes approved by the VSB Council and the Supreme Court of Virginia are published online as a supplement.

Watch your first-of-the-month VSB E-News for further details.


Updated: Nov 24, 2009