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March 01, 2016

Supreme Court of Virginia Amends Rule Regarding Unauthorized Practice of Law

Effective May 1, 2016, the Supreme Court of Virginia amended Section IV, Paragraph 10:
Promulgation of Legal Ethics, Unauthorized Practice of Law Opinions, and Rules of Court; Informal Staff Opinions of Ethics Counsel; and Complaints of Unauthorized Practice of Law

The revisions to Part 6, §IV, paragraph 10 of the Rules of the Supreme Court of Virginia, provide a more efficient and independent review and investigation of unauthorized practice of law complaints. The amendments to Paragraph 10 clarify the mechanism for the VSB ethics counsel to review and dispose of a complaint of Unauthorized Practice of Law. The amendments also provide for supervision and an independent review and disposition of the complaint by the clerk of the disciplinary system.

View the approved rule changes.

Updated: Mar 01, 2016