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Legal Ethics

Oct 18, 2021

Another jurisdiction, another remote working ethics opinion

In March 2020 when the first shutdowns occurred, everyone believed we’d be back to normal in a few weeks. Now, more than a year and a half later, it’s clear that the “old normal” is a thing of the past. Pandemic surges are occurring across the country and businesses are transitioning back-and-forth from remote work […]

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Aug 9, 2021

Rule on lawyer and client sex rejected

The Supreme Court of Virginia has rejected changes proposed by the Virginia State Bar to the Rules of Professional Conduct prohibiting a lawyer from having sexual relations with a current client. In a letter dated July 21, the court denied the VSB’s petition to amend Rules 1.8, 1.10 and 1.15. No reason for the denial […]

Jun 28, 2021

Digital payment: The ethics of accepting cryptocurrency for legal fees

As the world becomes more digitized, the ways people pay for goods and services rendered are becoming more digitized as well. The legal field is no exception. A recent proposed ethics opinion from the Florida Bar Ethics Department tackled some of the issues surrounding digital payment processing services like Venmo or PayPal. In the March […]

May 23, 2021

Client must hear of potential fee claim; fired attorney may be entitled to some recovery

A lawyer who takes on a contingency-fee case after the client has fired a previous lawyer has an ethical duty to inform the client that the first lawyer may have a financial claim for the work she did, according to a new Legal Ethics Opinion just approved by the Supreme Court of Virginia. LEO 1878 […]

Oct 9, 2017

No ‘Needle in a haystack’

A Virginia State Bar committee believes a prosecutor should not be able to satis­fy disclosure obliga­tions by turning over a bundle of material without pinpointing where the possibly exculpatory informa­tion is. The VSB’s Standing Committee on Legal Ethics is seeking comments on a proposal to create a rule-based duty for prosecutors not to do a […]

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