Virginia Lawyer Magazine - April 2018

VOL. 66/NO. 6

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General Interest

Bit by Bit: The Relationship Between Blockchain and the Law Grows
by S. Mohsin Reza, Esq. and Chelsea Pullen, Esq.

From Commercial Litigation to Law in the Afghan War Zone

Opinion: General Assembly Makes Welcome Gains on Marijuana Laws
by Zach Mauldin

Emeritus Member Changes Attract Quality Lawyer
by Deirdre Norman

Senior Lawyers Conference

Look for the Silver Lining!
by Robert E. Hawthorne

Advice to My Younger Self
by Jack W. Burtch Jr.

The Importance of Guardians Ad Litem
by Marissa Mitchell

Protecting Lawyers’ and Clients’ Interests in the Event of the Lawyers’ Disability, Death, or Other Disaster
by Frank Overton Brown Jr.

Virginia Lawyer Register

Disciplinary Summaries
Disciplinary Proceedings
Notices to Members:
Supreme Court of Virginia Seeks Lawyers for Medical Malpractice Review Panels
Supreme Court of Virginia Approves New Rule Regarding Pro Bono Reporting
Comments Sought on Proposed Changes to The Rules of Criminal Discovery
Comments Sought on Proposed Amendments Regarding Lawyer Well-Being
Proposed Rule Changes Pending Approval by Supreme Court of Virginia
Administrative Suspensions
Virginia State Bar Clients’ Protection Fund Board Awards $45,522.25 to Former Clients
Annual Meeting
Criminal Law Seminar
Indigent Criminal Defense Seminar

Access to Legal Services

Virginia Law Foundation Provides Critical Support to Virginia Bar Members Wishing to Engage in Pro Bono Representation
Voluntary Pro Bono Reporting FAQs


VSB News
Highlights of the February 24, 2018, Virginia State Bar Council Meeting
Bar Leaders Institute
Local and Specialty Bar Elections
The VSB Team that Helps Virginia Lawyers Get It Done
Judge Martin F. Clark Jr. Wins Carrico Award
Bench-Bar Dinner
Pat McConnell of Fairfax Receives Betty A. Thompson Lifetime Achievement Award
Mitchell D. Broudy Receives Family Law Service Award

The Honorable Barry Glyndon Logsdon
Richard Russell Nageotte
In Memoriam


President’s Message
Executive Director’s Message
Bar Counsel’s Message
Legal Aid
Law Libraries
Technology and the Practice of Law
Future of Law Practice
Risk Management


Lawyer Well-Being
Correction: In the print edition of Virginia Lawyer magazine, this article about lawyer well-being (page 46) misstated the authority of a committee chaired by Supreme Court Justice William Mims. The VSB’s committee on lawyer discipline is the body considering a rule change aimed at allowing lawyers to avoid certain marks on their record.
Clients’ Protection Fund
Books: We Face the Dawn
CLE Calendar
Professional Notices
Classified Ads
Advertiser’s Index
2018 Annual Meeting Information

About the Cover

Photographed at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Henrico County are the three authors of articles in this Senior Lawyers Conference issue of Virginia Lawyer magazine. From left to right: Robert E. Hawthorne, current chair of the Senior Lawyers Conference; Marissa D. Mitchell, member of the Senior Lawyers Conference in the far distant future; and, Frank O. Brown Jr., founding chair of the Senior Lawyers Conference. Read more on page 31. Photograph by Deirdre Norman.