On Nov. 11, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board imposed a public admonition with terms on Virginia Beach lawyer Richard J. Conrod Sr. for violating disciplinary rules that govern safekeeping property. The matter involved his failure to reconcile his real estate trust account as required.
The board heard the matter on appeal of a VSB Second District Committee decision. The board dismissed one of the committee’s findings of misconduct, but upheld two others and the sanction imposed. Conrod appealed the board’s decision to the Supreme Court of Virginia, which dismissed the appeal on May 27.
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On June 3, the VSB Third District Committee imposed a public reprimand with terms on Richmond lawyer Vaughan C. Jones for violating disciplinary rules that govern diligence, declining or terminating representation, and failing to respond to a lawful demand for information from a disciplinary authority. The misconduct occurred in his withdrawal from a criminal defense representation.
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On June 16, the VSB Disciplinary Board revoked Richmond lawyer Robert Edley Jr.’s license to practice law. In consenting to the revocation, Edley acknowledged the material facts of four pending disciplinary cases and that he could not successfully defend against the charges.
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Effective June 25, the VSB Disciplinary Board suspended Lexington lawyer Robert B. Armstrong’s license to practice law for 30 days for violating the professional rule that governs misconduct that reflects adversely on the lawyer’s honesty, trustworthiness, or fitness to practice. Armstrong acknowledged that he was recorded making a sexual advance toward a client who was in jail. He pled no contest to misdemeanor sexual assault in a criminal prosecution of the case. This discipline was an agreed disposition of the charges against Armstrong.