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April 03, 2018

Virginia State Bar Newsletter April 2018

The following went out as part of a monthly email to all VSB members and associates on April 3. To make sure you are receiving the VSB’s email newsletters, update your contact information in the member portal and add to the account’s address book.


The VSB Committee on Lawyer Discipline is seeking comments on two proposed amendments to Part 6, Section IV of the Rules of the Supreme Court of Virginia, both of which concern recommendations by the National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being. Comments are due by April 30, 2018.

The Court is seeking comments on proposed changes to the rules of criminal discovery that have been submitted to the court by the Virginia State Bar Criminal Discovery Reform Task Force. Comments are due by June 1, 2018. 

The Court also seeks lawyers for Medical Malpractice Review Panels (MMRPs). If you are interested, please send a short bio or resume to Application deadline: May 31.

Recent disciplinary action summaries:


Voting for the Virginia State Bar Council elections for circuits 131417, and 19 is open beginning Monday, April 9. Please follow the links above to learn more about the candidates.

The VSB Clients’ Protection Fund Board awarded $45,522.25 in reimbursement to eight former clients of five Virginia attorneys at its most recent meeting on January 25, 2018. Details of the payments here.

The Virginia Lawyer Referral Service now offers online payments and referrals to people seeking to hire a Virginia lawyer. Please consider becoming a member today and grow your business with the VLRS!

Voluntary pro bono reporting, what does it entail? The VSB has put together a series of questions and answers about the new provision and what it means for you.


Events and Awards

Online registration is open for the 80th VSB Annual Meeting in Virginia Beach that includes 12 CLEs, the installation of new president Leonard C. Heath Jr., and “Lawyer Feud” featuring judges from across the commonwealth. Also raffles, sports, law school breakfasts, conference and section meetings and more!

Registration is open  for the April 23 VSB TECHSHOW. Seven possible hours of CLE, including five Ethics. Topics include the legal issues of the Dark Web, BitCoin, the Cloud, and the ethics of E-Discovery.

Space is still available in Wytheville for the webcast of the May 3 Leroy Rountree Hassell Sr. Indigent Criminal Defense Seminar.

Registration is open for the Conference of Local and Speciality Bar Association’s Solo & Small-Firm Practitioner Forum on Wednesday, May 10, at Hampden-Sydney College.


The Tradition of Excellence Award honors an attorney who you believe has made significant contributions to the profession and to public service. Nomination information here. Deadline April 9.

The Conference of Local and Specialty Bar Associations (CLSBA) has several awards with an entry deadline of April 27. Those awards include Awards of MeritLocal Bar Leader of the YearSpecialty Bar Leader of the Year, and Bar Association of the Year. Please visit the CLSBA website for more information. 

Please nominate a lawyer for the Diversity Conference Clarence M. Dunnaville Jr. Achievement Award, that will be presented at the VSB Annual Meeting. All nominations must be postmarked no later than Monday, April 30.       


J. Patrick McConnell, who recently retired from the Law Firm of Odin Feldman Pittleman in Reston has been named the 2018 winner of the  Betty A. Thompson Lifetime Achievement Award by the Virginia State Bar’s Family Law Section.

Mitchell D. Broudy, Senior Assistant Attorney General for the Eastern Virginia Regional Legal Division of Child Support Enforcement of Norfolk, has been named the 2018 recipient of the Family Law Service Award presented by the Virginia State Bar’s Family Law Section.


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Updated: Apr 03, 2018