The monthly news summary of the Virginia State Bar
Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine have asked the VSB to assist in soliciting and evaluating interested candidates for the judicial vacancy in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.
Governance
On July 2, 2019, the Supreme Court of Virginia issued an order amending a number of Rules . The amendments take effect on September 1, 2019.

The Advisory Committee on Rules of Court for the Supreme Court of Virginia is seeking public comment on two proposals for amendments to the Rules of Court. C omments on the proposed revisions are due by  August 25, 2019.
Discipline

Michael F. Fasanaro Jr. ,   license revoked, effective July 26, 2019. 
Louise Adamson Moore , public reprimand, effective July 11, 2019.
Judith Mara Cofield , public admonition, effective May 30, 2019.
Eric Nelson Strom , public admonition, effective July 9, 2019.
The Bar Disciplinary System held its 39th Annual Disciplinary Conference in Glen Allen last week with over 200 lawyers and lay people convening to discuss self-regulation, professionalism, and maintaining the integrity of the Virginia legal system.
Professional Opportunities
Volunteers are needed to serve on the Virginia State Bar’s 2020 boards and committees . The Nominating Committee will refer interested lawyers to Bar Council for consideration at its October meeting. All final appointments are made by the Supreme Court of Virginia, and new appointees may serve 2 consecutive 3-year terms. 

Interested in becoming a Fee Dispute Resolution arbitrator or mediator ? Four training CLEs will be held in the early fall of 2019 to prepare volunteers to handle attorney-client fee disputes. Please register here for one of the training sessions. Contact Stephanie Blanton at blanton@vsb.org or 804-775-0576 for more information.

Consider joining the VSB-VBA Joint Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee to keep abreast of Virginia ADR developments, enhance your negotiation and ADR skills and meet your ethical obligations to counsel clients on ADR options. Renew or join here .
Compliance
Now is the time to  check  your online record and plan your MCLE compliance. Apply now for any non-approved course that you have attended. The MCLE compliance deadline is October 31, 2019.
Pro Bono
Nominate a pro bono hero! The Access to Legal Services Committee is seeking nominations for the Lewis F. Powell Jr. Pro Bono Award and the Frankie Muse Freeman Organizational Pro Bono Award . The nomination deadline is August 16.

Virginia Corporate Counsel are reminded to adhere to professional statutes when performing pro bono.
Events
Join keynote speaker the Honorable S. Bernard Goodwyn of the Supreme Court of Virginia o n September 20th at the VSB Diversity Conference 's CLE program highlighting diversity issues in the practice of law, including how implicit bias affects the decision-making process, best business practices, and how diversity and inclusion can be a business asset. Register here .
Would you like to participate in a town hall meeting with the Honorable William C. Mims , only the second person in history to serve as a justice on the Supreme Court of Virginia, as a member of the Virginia General Assembly and as Attorney General of Virginia? Then r egister now for the  Solo & Small-Firm Practitioner Forum  on Thursday, October 18, at the Wytheville Meeting Center that offers CLE and Ethics credits.
Mark your calendars for the October 29, 2019, Bench-Bar Dinner to recognize newly-elected or newly-elevated female and minority judges that will be held at the Hilton Downtown Richmond.
Thank you to the lawyers and advertisers who contributed to our June/July Virginia Lawyer magazine sponsored by the Construction Law and Public Contracts section.

Our August issue, sponsored by the Criminal Law section, mails August 19.
Have a caller who you can't assist due to a conflict, time crunch, or lack of subject matter experience?
Consider referring them to the Virginia Lawyer Referral Service . For $35, they can discuss their issue with a Virginia lawyer: 800-552-7977 or www.vlrs.net.
Looking for a job?  Or hiring for a legal position?  The  VSB Classifieds  offer you a cost-effective way to reach all 50,000 VSB members online and in  Virginia Lawyer  magazine. Ads of 50 words or less for legal jobs are  free  to VSB members.
Stay connected to your bar:
This email is a service of the VSB and a benefit of your membership. Unsubscribers will not receive notices about changes to the rules of professional conduct, legal ethics opinions, member compliance/MCLE reminders, presidents' messages, or notices from sections and conferences of which they are a member.

PLEASE NOTE: Do not "update profile" below to change your email with the VSB.
Do that here: VSB member portal .