Professional Regulation

Actions on Legal Ethics Opinions

Proposed | Legal Ethics Opinion 1750: The Virginia State Bar’s Standing Committee on Legal Ethics is seeking public comment on revisions to Legal Ethics Opinion 1750 — Advertising Issues. Comment deadline: November 3, 2017.

Withdrawn | Legal Ethics Opinion 1888: The Virginia State Bar’s Standing Committee on Legal Ethics has voted not to send proposed Legal Ethics Opinion 1888 to Council.

Withdrawn | Legal Ethics Opinion 776: The Virginia State Bar’s Standing Committee on Legal Ethics withdrew Legal Ethics Opinion 776: Threatening prosecution in a civil matter.

Proposed | Legal Ethics Opinion 1885: The VSB Council voted 59 to 6 in favor of LEO 1885, which concludes that a lawyer may not participate in an attorney-client matching service under the facts presented in the opinion because participation violates the Rules of Professional Conduct governing fee sharing with nonlawyers, paying for referrals, and safeguarding client funds. The proposed LEO was sent to the Supreme Court of Virginia for its consideration. Legal Ethics Opinion 1885: Ethical Considerations Regarding a Lawyer’s Participation in an Online Attorney-Client Matching Service

Adopted | Legal Ethics Opinion 1887: Duties when a lawyer over whom no one has supervisory authority is impaired. (Approved by the Supreme Court of Virginia on August 30, 2017. Effective immediately.)

Adopted | VSB Legal Ethics Opinions 1329, 1438, 1584, 1606, 1742, 1792, 1856 and 1869 (Approved by the Supreme Court of Virginia on November 2, 2016. Effective immediately.)

Adopted | VSB Legal Ethics Opinion 1886: Duty of partners and supervisory lawyers in a law firm when another lawyer in the firm suffers from significant impairment (Approved by the Supreme Court of Virginia on December 15, 2016. Effective immediately.)

Adopted | VSB Legal Ethics Opinion 1884 Conflicts arising from a lawyer-legislator’s employment with a consulting firm owned by a law firm  (Approved by the Supreme Court of Virginia on September 30, 2016. Effective immediately.)

Withdrawn | The Virginia State Bar’s Standing Committee on Legal Ethics withdrew thirteen Legal Ethics Opinions.

Updated: Nov 27, 2017