News and Information
July 01, 2019

Virginia State Bar Newsletter July 2019

The following is going out as part of a monthly news summary email to all Virginia lawyers on July 2. 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.

The VSB will be closed on Thursday, July 4, and Friday, July 5, in observance of Independence Day. 


The Standing Committee on Legal Ethics seeks comments on proposed amendments to Rule 1.15 regarding the safekeeping of property. Comments due before July 19.

The Supreme Court of Virginia amended the rule governing court costs.

The Advisory Committee on the Rules of Court of the Supreme Court of Virginia is seeking public comment on revising the rules as they pertain to the use of the potentially ambiguous word “shall.” Deadline for comment is July 12.

The Committee also seeks public comment on revising two rules due August 25. One concerns the use of live testimony from remote locations using video technology in civil cases, and the other concerns two pending proposed rule amendments relating to depositions in discovery.

Read highlights of the June 13 Bar Council meeting.

Marni E. Byrum of Alexandria is the VSB's new president.

Brian L. Buniva of Richmond is the Bar’s president-elect for 2020-21.

The Bar urges Virginia lawyers to be vigilant about a recent scam involving a “client” with a fake severance agreement from the Tractor Supply Company.

The Bar seeks volunteers for boards and committees by August 2 for terms that begin July 1, 2020: Council members-at-large, the Disciplinary Board, and the MCLE Board. Final appointments will be made by the Supreme Court of Virginia.

Professional Regulation

Recent disciplinary actions:

On June 28, 2019, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board announced that it will recommend that the Supreme Court of Virginia deny Ann Bridgeforth Tribbey’s petition for reinstatement of her license to practice law. The board’s recommendation will be filed with the Court, which will take final action on the petition.

At its most recent meeting in May, the Clients’ Protection Fund Board made payments totaling $39,322.02 to petitioners who had suffered a quantifiable financial loss due to qualifying conduct or status of a Virginia lawyer.

Pro Bono

The Access to Legal Services Committee is seeking nominations for the Lewis F. Powell Jr. Pro Bono Award and the Frankie Muse Freeman Organizational Pro Bono Award. The nomination deadline is August 16.

Thinking about retiring? Don’t let your years of experience go unused. Consider switching your membership status to Emeritus. Eligible lawyers are dues-free if they agree to practice only pro bono in affiliation with a qualified legal services provider. Learn more and start the transition to emeritus status at any time.



You should have received your dues statements in the mail in June. Be sure to complete the requirements for license renewal by July 31. You may pay your dues and fees, certify your liability insurance coverage, report pro bono, and join VSB sections online

What’s new on your dues statement this year? Find out here.

Need to change your status? Check the appropriate box under Status Change Request on your dues statement. More information on status changes can be found here.

Volunteer Opportunities

Mentor a Young Lawyer! The Young Lawyers Conference Mentorship Network, in partnership with the Senior Lawyers Conference, helps newer lawyers learn from experienced lawyers — retired lawyers, too! Fill out the online form here if you are willing to help.

Interested in becoming a Fee Dispute Resolution arbitrator or mediator? A training CLE will be held in the early fall of 2019 to prepare volunteers to handle attorney-client fee disputes. Contact Stephanie Blanton at or 804-775-0576 for more information.

Annual Meeting Recap

The 81st Annual Meeting was a wonderful time. Thank you to the sponsors, speakers, and attendees who made it possible. 

Read a recapreview the photo album, and consider joining your colleagues next year for learning, networking, and professional improvement.


The Virginia Lawyer Referral Service needs lawyers!

Looking for a way to build your practice and assist Virginians with a legal quandary? Join the Virginia Lawyer Referral Service and start receiving prescreened calls today: Your first year of membership is free if you are a new lawyer.


Looking for a job? Or hiring for a legal position? The VSB Classifieds offer you a cost-effective way to reach all 50,000 VSB members online and in Virginia Lawyer magazine. Ads of 50 words or less for legal jobs are free to VSB members.

Updated: Jul 01, 2019