Virginia State Bar Council

Nov 6, 2019

Bar dissenters: ‘No-contact rule’ too narrow

ALEXANDRIA – Leaders of the Virginia State Bar appear split over the ethical boundaries of talking with your adversary’s employees. Dissenters are pressing for a rule that would bar any contact with employees of a litigation opponent. An existing rule limits the prohibition to just the “control group” of an organization. The VSB Council voted […]

Mar 5, 2019

VSB Council urges beefed-up ethics rule for prosecutors

The Virginia State Bar Council says a prosecutor has an ethical duty to point out any known exculpatory evidence in a large document dump in a criminal case. Bar leaders are urging the Supreme Court of Virginia to make that duty clear with language in lawyers’ ethics rules. The added language is designed to address […]

Nov 15, 2018

Fee proposal for lawyer referral work advances

The proposal to charge lawyers a percentage fee for cases referred to them by the Virginia Lawyer Referral Service survived a “robust” debate before winning nearly unanimous approval by the Virginia State Bar Council. A package of proposed VLRS rule changes – as modified by the Bar Council Oct. 26 – now heads to the […]

May 11, 2018

Lawyers elect Bar Council members

After contested elections in four of Virginia’s most populous jurisdictions, 13 new faces will join the Virginia State Bar Council next month. A total of 23 lawyers were elected to seats on the bar’s governing body in online elections that ended April 27 and in one circuit meeting in the Sixth Circuit. The list of […]

Jun 27, 2017

No duty to report impaired colleague

VIRGINIA BEACH – Lawyers have no duty under bar ethics rules to report or intervene with an impaired attorney unless the impairment leads to a vio­lation of those rules. But a new Legal Ethics Opinion encourages lawyers to seek guid­ance or encourage the affected law­yer to get help. The document also acknowledges that many lawyers […]

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