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Justices delay rule on accounts (access required)

The Virginia Supreme Court has delayed action on the Virginia State Bar’s petition to bolster the Bar Counsel’s authority to investigate attorney trust accounts. According to a paragraph in another rule that was adopted by the court, the petition for ...

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Draft LEO sparks uproar (access required)

A Virginia State Bar draft Legal Ethics Opinion intended as a restatement of rules surrounding attorney-owned title insurance companies is proving controversial. The draft advisory opinion is creating concern among some real estate attorneys, and the VSB Real Property Section ...

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RESEARCH GUIDE: NEW STATUTES (access required)

This Guide to New Statutes is intended to provide brief descriptions of more than 150 new laws that are likely to have an impact on Virginia attorneys in their legal practices. Each entry includes a title; brief narrative description; original ...

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Breaking away: starting your own shop (access required)

You’re staring out the window, thinking about the big verdict you won last week. You won’t get the proceeds–just your regular paycheck. You think of the Jaguar your supervising partner drives, and of your seven-year-old Chevy. Last week, you wanted ...

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New ethics goal: 2% for pro bono (access required)

A lawyer should try to give 2 percent of his or her professional time per year to pro bono work, under an amendment to the Code of Professional Responsibility just adopted by the Virginia Supreme Court. If a lawyer bills ...

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