News and Information
June 30, 2017

Virginia State Bar E-News, July 2017

At its meeting on June 15, 2017, in Virginia Beach, the Virginia State Bar Council approved and sent to the Supreme Court of Virginia for its approval Legal Ethics Opinion 1887: Duties when a lawyer over whom no one has supervisory authority is impaired.

Effective July 1, 2017, the Supreme Court of Virginia approved amended Rules 7.1 through 7.5, which govern lawyer advertising.

Check your mail – Dues statements were mailed June 16. Annual dues must be received at the Virginia State Bar by July 31, or delinquency fees will be assessed. Active members must pay the Clients' Protection Fund assessment and provide a completed and signed Mandatory Certification Regarding Professional Liability Insurance, also by July 31. Separate fines will be assessed for unpaid dues, unpaid CPF fees, and incomplete liability insurance certifications.You may renew your membership, certify your liability insurance coverage, join VSB sections, and pay your dues online by going to Member Login on the VSB home page. Corporate counsel registrants may also use this feature.

Dues Alert for Joint ADR Committee – Membership in the VSB-VBA Joint Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee will help you keep abreast of Virginia ADR developments, enhance your negotiation and ADR skills, and meet your ethical obligations to counsel clients on ADR options. A June 22 message explains that your $25 dues entitles you to a discount on the "A Place at the Table: Symposium on Attracting 21st Century Clients and Efficiently Solving Their Problems” and its 5 CLE/CME credits. Join now.

In the interest of cost savings the MCLE Department will discontinue mailing the MCLE Interim Report. Now is the time to check your online record and plan your MCLE compliance. Apply now for any non-approved course that you have attended. The MCLE compliance deadline is October 31, 2017.

The Access to Legal Services Committee of the Virginia State Bar is seeking nominations for the Lewis F. Powell Jr. Pro Bono Award and the Frankie Muse Freeman Organizational Pro Bono Award. The nomination deadline is August 18, 2017.

Volunteers are needed to serve on the Virginia State Bar’s boards and committees. The Nominating Committee will refer nominees to the VSB Council for consideration at its September meeting.

Mark your calendar for the Solo & Small-Firm Practitioner Forums scheduled this fall. The first will be on September 20, 2017, at the Indian Creek Yacht & Country Club in Kilmarnock and the second will be on October 13, 2017, at the Mountain Empire Community College in Big Stone Gap. For more information please visit the CLSBA website

Updated: Jun 30, 2017