News and Information
September 03, 2019

Virginia State Bar Newsletter September 2019

The following went out as part of a monthly news summary email to all Virginia lawyers on September 3. 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.


Interested in becoming a Fee Dispute Resolution arbitrator or mediator? Four training CLEs will be held in October to prepare volunteers to handle attorney-client fee disputes. Register for one of the training sessions.

Annual reports for the 2018-19 year from the VSB’s boards and committees are posted. See what your bar is up to.


Recent disciplinary actions:

We may have clients for you.
The Virginia Lawyer Referral Service has a need for lawyers in certain parts of the commonwealth and with certain expertise. Find out where they are and how to join the VLRS panel.


Active lawyers: Now is the time to check your online record and plan for MCLE compliance. Apply now for any non-approved courses you have attended. Please note our fax machine was lost in the recent office flooding. To report your CLE hours, either log into your online account or mail your completed Certifications of Attendance to our office for processing. Hours need to be completed no later than October 31.

Virginia Lawyer mailed on Aug. 20. 
You can read the digital version online.

NEW! You can now log on to the bar's website to opt in or out of receiving the print magazine.

Pro Bono / Access

The Pro Bono Conference on Oct.16 in Harrisonburg features a Poverty Simulation and three CLEs. At dinner, help honor recipients of two pro bono awards: Kelly Guzzo PLCConsumer Litigation Associates, and Herb Sebren of Tappahannock. Register online now.

August 22 was the three-year anniversary of the launch of Virginia Free Legal Answers – it’s growing! But not quite as fast as needed. You can sign up today and start answering questions from anywhere.

Missed the Eviction Helpline training CLE? You can watch the webinar online and start taking calls.

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

CLE & Events

Annual Forum on Diversity in the Legal Profession 
William & Mary September 20
5 hours CLE approved
register online

Solo & Small-Firm Practitioner Forum 
October 22 
5.5 hours CLE 
2 Ethics (pending) 

register online

A Day in General Practice
October 16
7 hours CLE 
2 Ethics (pending)

register online

The Young Lawyers Conference seeks volunteers for the Hampton Roads Minority Pre-Law Conference at William and Mary Law School on Oct. 12. Email the organizers if you can help. 

And this year's Celebration of Women & Minorities in the Legal Profession Bench Bar Dinner is scheduled for Richmond on October 29.


The National Conference of Bar Examiners is asking lawyers to help them as they study the content and design of the future bar examination. The survey takes about 20 minutes. Updated: Sep 03, 2019