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July 16, 2019

Virginia Corporate Counsel Given Guidance Regarding Pro Bono

The Bar sent a message to Virginia Corporate Counsel today reminding them that, pursuant to statute, “[a]n attorney who has qualified before the Supreme Court of Virginia shall be qualified to practice in all courts of the Commonwealth. An attorney who has qualified before a court other than the Supreme Court shall be qualified to practice only in the court which administered his oath.” (emphasis added)

While counsel are encouraged to provide pro bono publico services in accordance to Rule 6.1, if they were not qualified to practice before the Supreme Court of Virginia, they cannot appear before or file any pleadings in any court of the Commonwealth other than the court in the jurisdiction in which they were admitted.

View the full message to Virginia Corporate Counsel here.

Direct inquiries to the Regulatory Compliance department at (804) 775-0530 or membership@vsb.org.

Updated: Jul 16, 2019