News and Information
June 14, 2021

Bar Office Remains Closed to the Public

The VSB continues to provide essential services to Virginia’s lawyers and the public. However, we continue to keep the health and safety of lawyers, employees, and the public at the forefront of our actions. We are operating at reduced capacity in the office at 1111 E. Main Street, with many staff members teleworking. The elevators in the building are locked. The VSB office at 1111 E. Main Street is still closed to visitors. If you need to reach a staff person, please send an email or call the appropriate contact person. We will provide additional updates on our website.

We urge the use of electronic communication to assist us in providing services to protect the public. To ensure prompt receipt and review of complaints, the VSB encourages the public to submit bar complaints online. Find a list of updated processes for commonly used services below. Keep up to date on current COVID-19 orders. Keep up to date on Governor Northam’s Executive Orders.

We request the use of electronic communication to assist us in providing the following services to protect the public:

File a Complaint Against a Lawyer

If you have concerns regarding the conduct of a lawyer, you may submit a complaint to the Virginia State Bar. To ensure prompt receipt and review of complaints, we ask you to submit bar complaints online.
 

File an Unauthorized Practice of Law Complaint

An Unauthorized Practice of Law (UPL) Complaint can be submitted by completing the form and emailing it.
 

Request an Unauthorized Practice of Law Opinion

A Virginia lawyer may request a UPL Opinion by completing the form and emailing it.
 

Ethics Questions

The VSB Ethics Hotline is open for Virginia lawyers.

 

Law Practice Management Questions

The VSB Claims Prevention Hotline, sponsored by ALPS is open
 

Request a Formal Legal Ethics Opinion (LEO)

A Virginia lawyer may request a written legal ethics opinion from the Standing Committee on Legal Ethics. Formal LEOs must be approved by Council and the Supreme Court of Virginia. If you desire a quick informal response to an ethics question by the Ethics Department staff, please use the Ethics Hotline or submit your ethics question online.
 

Regulatory Compliance

We continue to experience some processing delays. You may contact us with specific questions by telephone at MCLE (804) 775-0577 and Membership (804) 775-0530. Should you experience delays in contacting us by telephone or if you prefer email, please email us at MCLE@vsb.org or membership@vsb.org.

If your license has been suspended for failure to complete your 2020 CLE requirement [PC1] [MD2] you may pay your Noncompliance, Late Filing, and Reinstatement fees online with a Visa or Mastercard. Log into your account and click on the option MCLE Payments. You may email your completed Certification(s) of Attendance to MCLE@vsb.org for reinstatement processing. The effective date of your reinstatement will be the day we receive all required CLE hours and fees.

Virginia lawyers’ annual renewal statements for the 2021–22 year are mailed in mid-June to each lawyer’s address of record. The annual license renewal deadline has returned to the standard Supreme Court Rule mandated date of July 31, 2021.

The 2021 MCLE year has not been extended and will end on October 31, 2021. Check your MCLE record and report hours online at the VSB Portal. Review the MCLE compliance deadlines and other information here.

The Professionalism Courses will begin again in July 2021 and are mandatory for all newly active members. More information on dates, times and requirements for new lawyers here.

Regarding the LIVE MCLE Requirement: Programs delivered via teleconference or webcast where there is an opportunity to interact with the speaker in real-time qualify as live interactive CLE. Make sure any course you take indicates it is approved for Virginia live interactive credit. Contact the course sponsor with any questions. A partial list of already approved teleconference and webcast CLE courses is available on the MCLE page under Current Virginia Approved Courses.
 

Disciplinary Hearings

The Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board is conducting hearings via video conferencing, utilizing the Microsoft Teams platform, with access provided to the public to observe.  Links to live hearings can be found on the VSB Events page. In addition, the hearings are recorded and otherwise comply with Virginia’s Freedom of Information Act regarding electronic meetings. Videos and audios from the Disciplinary Board hearings that have been held by teleconference may be viewed or listened to here.

Meetings and Events

The status of all meetings will continue to be updated on the events page of the VSB website.

Questions regarding the status of the bar exam should be directed to the Virginia Board of Bar Examiners.

We will announce any additional information on our website and COVID-19 Updates and Safety Measures page.

Updated: Jun 30, 2021