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April 10, 2020

Bar Seeks Comment on Removing Supervision for Military Spouse Bar Members

The Virginia State Bar is seeking public comment on proposed amendments to Rules of the Supreme Court of Virginia Part 1A, Rule 1A:8, Military Spouse Provisional Admission. The proposed amendments to Rule 1A:8 request the removal of Section 4, requiring supervision and direction of local counsel for attorneys barred under this rule. The request for comments comes due to the evolving discussion that the supervision requirement may have a chilling effect on the use of this limited admission rule, and that many other states have already removed the supervision requirement.

Inspection and Comment

The proposed rule amendments may be inspected below. If you cannot access the proposal online, email to ask that a copy be mailed to you. Any individual, business, or other entity may file or submit written comments in support of or in opposition to the proposed opinion with Karen A. Gould, Executive Director of the Virginia State Bar, not later than May 17, 2020. Comments may be submitted via email to

Proposed rule

View the current rule

Updated: Apr 10, 2020