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May 31, 2011

Virginia State Bar E-News, June 2011

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Comments to Supreme Court Rule proposals sought – The Advisory Committee on Rules of the Virginia Supreme Court is seeking public comment by August 26 on proposed new rule Part Nine, Involuntary Civil Commitment Proceedings; a proposed amendment to Rule 4:5(c) governing objections made during depositions upon oral examinations; and a proposed new Part Three rule addressing voir dire in civil cases.

Comments sought – Proposed advisory LEO 1857 addresses ethical implications for prosecutors and defense attorneys of a plea agreement that requires a defendant to waive a future claim of ineffective assistance of counsel.

Check your mail for dues statements – Statements have been mailed. The annual dues — which are reduced for 2011–12 — must be physically received at the Virginia State Bar by July 31, or delinquency fees will be assessed. All 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.

Online dues renewal now available online – Virginia lawyers can now renew their membership, certify their liability insurance coverage, join VSB sections, and pay their dues by going to Member Login at

Council members announced – Congratulations to the newly elected, reelected, and Court-appointed members of the Virginia State Bar Council.

Last call for Annual Meeting online registration – Online pre-registration will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on June 13, or register on-site in Virginia Beach. George Warren Shanks of Luray will be sworn in as the 73nd VSB president on Friday, June 17, during the banquet.

Updated: May 31, 2011