News and Information
June 29, 2021

VSB Seeking Public Comment on Two Proposed LEOs and One Rule Change

The Virginia State Bar’s Standing Committee on Legal Ethics is seeking public comment on proposed Legal Ethics Opinion 1893, proposed LEO 1896, and proposed amendments to Rule 1.2 of the Rules of Professional Conduct.

LEO 1893 (update 7/2/21: The proposed draft Legal Ethics Opinion 1893 has been withdrawn pending further review by the Standing Committee on Legal Ethics.)

LEO 1896 addresses the issues of out-of-state lawyers working remotely in Virginia. The opinion explores the remote work questions sparked by the COVID-19 pandemic and discusses opinions on the questions from other states and the ABA. 

The amendments to Rule 1.2 addresses the dilemma faced by lawyers advising clients about cannabis- or marijuana-related activities that are legal under state law but are illegal under federal law. The proposed amendment would allow lawyers to advise clients on how to comply with state law as long as the clients are also cautioned about the application of federal law.

Inspection and Comment

The proposed opinions may be inspected at the above links, or by contacting the Office of Ethics Counsel at 804-775-0557.

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 August 30, 2021. Comments may be submitted via email to


Posted 6/29/21

Updated 7/2/21

Updated 7/12/21 to extend comment deadline.

Updated: Jul 12, 2021