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June 01, 2018

Virginia State Bar Newsletter June 2018

The following went out as part of a monthly, news summary email to all VSB members and associates on June 1. To make sure you are receiving the VSB emails, update your contact information in the member portal and add to the account’s address book.

Governance and Ethics

The VSB Standing Committee on Legal Ethics seeks public comment on proposed revisions to Part 6, §I of the Rules of the Supreme Court of Virginia: The Practice of Law in the Commonwealth of Virginia and the Unauthorized Practice of Law. Comments are due by July 13, 2018. 

The Standing Committee on Legal Ethics is seeking public comment on proposed revisions to Rule 1.10, Imputed Disqualification: General Rule. Comments are due by July 13, 2018.

The Standing Committee on Legal Ethics is seeking public comment on proposed revisions to Rule 1.8, Conflict of Interest: Prohibited Transactions. Comments are due by July 13, 2018.

The MCLE Board has reviewed and amended Opinion 19 on substance abuse, mental health disorders, stress and work/life balance topics to be renamed “Opinion 19 Lawyer Well-being” and seeks public comment on the changes. Comments are due by August 1, 2018.

Recent Disciplinary Actions:


Check your mail – Dues statements will be mailed June 15. Beginning June 19, you may renew your membership, certify your liability insurance coverage, join VSB sections, and pay your dues online. NEW – the Clients' Protection Fund Fee has been reduced from $25 to $10.

Thinking about retiring?  Consider switching your membership status to EmeritusPer Supreme Court of Virginia approval in December, certain lawyers can go dues-free if they agree to practice only pro bono in affiliation with a qualified legal services provider.  See if you’re qualified and start the transition to emeritus status at any time.

Programs and Events

Criminal lawyers and judges: Registration opens tomorrow for the Virginia Department of Forensic Science's free workshop on DNA to develop better understanding of this forensic science discipline and its application at trial. Space is limited to 25 lawyers and five judges in each of the four Virginia locations.

See you at the beach? The 80th Annual Meeting, June 14-17, in Virginia Beach includes twelve compelling CLEs, "Lawyer Feud" featuring judges from across the commonwealth, and the installation of Leonard C. Heath Jr. as president. Plus, yoga, golf, 5k run, volleyball, and more. Register here today!   #VSBAnnualMeeting

If you are looking for a way to market your practice, consider signing up for the Virginia Lawyer Referral Service which now has a 24/7 online web portal. More information here .


Jay Myerson of Reston has been awarded the Local Bar Leader of the Year Award.

The Roanoke and Prince William County Bar Associations have won Awards of Meritfor their outstanding programs which have benefitted and improved their communities and the justice system.

The Fairfax Bar Association has been named 2018 Bar Association of the Year.

The Honorable Rupen R. Shah of Staunton has been selected for the 2018 Clarence M. Dunnaville Jr. Achievement Award, given by the VSB Diversity Conference to a Virginia lawyer who sets an example that exemplifies the conference’s goal of encouraging diversity and inclusion in the bar, the judiciary, and the legal profession.

The awards will be presented at the Annual Meeting in Virginia Beach.


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Updated: Jun 01, 2018