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Davis recommended for bar counsel

A search committee has recommended that Senior Assistant Bar Counsel Edward L. Davis head the disciplinary system of Virginia State Bar.

Davis, 55, would succeed George W. Chabalewski, who is stepping down July 19 after two years in the job.

Davis has been an assistant bar counsel for more than 14 years and had worked previously in private practice and as a prosecutor in York County after six years of active duty in the Army JAG Corps.

He continued his military career in the Army reserves and earned a master’s degree in strategic studies from the Army War College. He is a colonel in the reserves and expects to retire from the military in September.

Davis, a native of Richmond, is a graduate of the College of William and Mary and the University of Richmond law school.

Karen A. Gould, VSB executive director, said Davis’ leadership and managerial experience with the VSB and the army were key factors in his selection by the search committee headed by VSB President Howard W. Martin Jr.

The appointment of Davis is subject to the approval of the attorney general and the VSB Council.

Bar counsel, the formal title for the head of the VSB’s Professional Regulation department, directs the agency’s efforts on lawyer discipline, legal ethics, lawyer advertising and solicitation and the unauthorized practice of law.

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