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August 01, 2011

Virginia State Bar E-News August 2011

Nominations sought for VSB volunteers — Members are needed to serve as council members at large and on the Disciplinary and Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Boards. Deadline for nominations: September 7.

Comments sought on MCLE proposals
— The Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Board is seeking comments by October 1 on proposed amendments to Opinion 16, Courses Provided by Distance Learning Methods, and Opinion 17, Law Office Practice Management Programs.

Comments sought on proposed amendments to Rules 7.1–7.5 — The rules address lawyer advertising; the proposed amendments will be considered by the VSB Council on October 21. Deadline for comment: September 14.

Comments sought on proposed amendments to Rule 1A:3 and Paragraph 13-6(F)
— Developed by the VSB at the request of the Supreme Court to establish new procedures for revoking certificates issued to attorneys admitted to practice under the reciprocity rule. Comments due by October 3 for consideration by the VSB Council on October 21.

Reminder: MCLE 4-hour live programming requirement goes into effect for the 2012 compliance year
— There is no change in the course requirements for the current year that ends October 31.  The CLE Interim Report and FAQs about the changes for 2012 will be mailed this week.

LEOs 1857 and 1858 approved by Ethics Committee — Legal Ethics Opinion 1857 addresses ethical implications for prosecutors and defense attorneys of a plea agreement that requires a defendant to waive a future claim of ineffective assistance of counsel. LEO 1858 examines whether a lawyer may agree to indemnify an insurance company as a condition of settlement.

YLC September Professional Development Seminar
— “Practical Tips for an Evolving Job Market” is the theme for the conference, to be held September 23 in Richmond. 6.0 CLE hours (pending), including 2.0 in ethics.

2012 Annual Meeting plans are under way
— Mark your calendars now for the Seventy-fourth Virginia State Bar Annual Meeting — June 13–17, 2012, in Virginia Beach. For coverage of the 2011 meeting, see the June/July issue of Virginia Lawyer.
Updated: Aug 01, 2011