News and Information
August 03, 2020

Virginia State Bar Newsletter August 2020

The following went out as part of a monthly news summary email to all Virginia lawyers on August 1. To make sure you are receiving the VSB emails, update your contact information with the Virginia State Bar and add to your email account's address book.


The  Supreme Court of Virginia  issued its Eighth Judicial Emergency Order on July 29 due to COVID, extending the emergency period for all courts in the Commonwealth until August 30, 2020. SCOVA previously issued a  Seventh Judicial Emergency Order  on July 8.

The Virginia Board of Bar Examiners offered new testing options due to COVID.

Comments are sought on proposed quorum changes to Disciplinary Board.

Comments are sought on changes to the Diversity Conference bylaws .

The VSB seeks a volunteer for the MCLE board.


Recent disciplinary actions:

Daniel Matthias Kincheloe, license revoked, effective July 6, 2020.

Gordon Bradford Jones, license suspended, effective July 6, 2020.

Vincent Mark Amberly, license suspended, effective July 13, 2020.

Larry Lynn Miller, license suspended, effective July 28, 2020.

Jonathan Michael O’Connor, public reprimand, effective July 28, 2020.


VSB offices are closed to the public. The Supreme Court of Virginia has extended the deadline for dues renewal from July 31, 2020, until September 30, 2020 . Information on dues, acceptable mail services, and upcoming MCLE due dates may be found  here . For fastest processing, lawyers are  strongly encouraged  to renew their licenses and pay annual dues completely online in the  lawyer portal . In addition to reducing costs for the VSB, this method simplifies the process and saves time for lawyers.

Pro Bono / Access to Justice

Do you know a pro bono all star?

Seeking nominations for the 2020 Lewis F. Powell Jr. Pro Bono Award and the 2020 Frankie Muse Freeman Organizational Pro Bono Award , named for the famed civil rights pioneer (right).

The nomination deadline for both awards is August 21. For more information, please contact Cris Gantz at 804-775-0522, or or visit our website .

Local Government CLEs to Consider

Human Rights Ordinances and Commissions – Directing Your Locality on the Path to Racial and Social Equity 
Webinar, August 27, 2020, 12 – 1:30 p.m.
1.5 hours live CLE (pending)

Ready for Election Day?
Webinar, September 10, 2020, 2 – 3:30 p.m. 
1.5 hours live CLE (pending)

Updated: Sep 01, 2020