News and Information
January 05, 2011

Virginia State Bar E-News January 4, 2011

Nominations sought for VSB committees VSB President-elect George Warren Shanks invites Virginia lawyers to volunteer for committees. The application deadline is March 1, 2011, and terms start July 1.

Proposal lifts corporate counsel pro bono limitations – Comment sought on proposed amendment to Virginia Supreme Court Rule 1A:5, Part I, Virginia Corporate Counsel,  §§ (g) and (h). The comment deadline is February 14, 2011.

Proposed Rule 7.2(c)(4) removed from consideration – The VSB Standing Committee on Legal Ethics has removed from consideration a proposed Rule 7.2(c)(4) and corresponding Comment [8] of the Rules of Professional Conduct.

LEO 1850 issued as final, LEO 1846 is amended – Legal Ethics Opinion 1850 addresses outsourcing of legal services. LEO 1846, “Is It Ethical for a Lawyer to Become a Member of a Lead-Sharing Organization?,” has been amended to reflect a December 7 Virginia attorney general’s opinion.

Administrative suspensions posted – The names of VSB members who were administratively suspended on October 8, 2010, for failing to comply with membership obligations have been posted, as required by the Rules of Court. The list is current as of November 30, 2010.

“Not in Good Standing” search available – The VSB has added to its Attorney Records Search the ability to search active-status Virginia lawyers’ names to see if they are not eligible to practice because their licenses are suspended or revoked.

“Red Flags Rule” no longer applies to lawyers, ABA says – Congress has exempted lawyers and other professionals from the “Red Flags Rule” developed by the Federal Trade Commission to protect the public from identity theft by creditors.

VSB Criminal Law Seminar scheduled for Feb. 4 and 11 – The VSB’s Forty-First Annual Criminal Law Seminar will take place February 4, 2011, in Charlottesville and February 11 in Williamsburg. Registration is now open.

Virginia Law Foundation news – The Virginia Law Foundation will induct 22 lawyers into its 2011 Class of Fellows on January 20 during the Virginia Bar Association’s annual meeting in Williamsburg. The Foundation reminds Virginia lawyers that their donations help promote the rule of law, access to justice, and law-related education.

Updated: Jan 05, 2011