The VSB is evaluating candidates for the upcoming Supreme Court of Virginia vacancy created by the March '22 retirement of the Hon. William C. Mims from the Court.

Because members of Virginia’s redistricting commission have not agreed on new maps for the General Assembly or Congressional districts by the deadlines, the Supreme Court of Virginia will now take on the responsibility.

The Clients' Protection Fund Board awarded $18,205.00 on six petitions for lawyer malfeasance.

The VSB seeks comment on Legal Ethics Opinion 1894, conflict of interest in representing multiple infant claimants by "next friend."

The Supreme Court of Virginia amended rules governing access to judicial records, evidence, criminal practice and procedure, and petitions for a writ of actual innocence. The Court also added a rule concerning the prohibition of bringing ultrahazardous materials into any courtroom without prior permission of the court.

Virginia lawyers – active and in good standing – are needed to serve on important Virginia State Bar boards and committees beginning next year. Consider volunteering on the Executive Committee, the Clients' Protection Fund Board, or the Judicial Candidate Evaluation Committee.

Just two more days to join the VSB Disciplinary Board: submit a resume and writing sample before December 3.

Join the Disciplinary System: The Standing Committee on Lawyer Discipline seeks active, in-good-standing lawyers and non-lawyers to apply for disciplinary district committee vacancies. 

VOLUNTEERS! Stephanie E. Grana, president-elect of the VSB, seeks active and in-good-standing Virginia lawyers willing to serve on special and standing committees in 2022. 

The Supreme Court of Virginia amended Part 1, Part 5, and Part 5a of the Rules of Court, effective January 1, 2022.

The Supreme Court of Virginia has entered its Thirty-first Emergency Order due to the COVID-19 pandemic, extending the emergency period through December 15, 2021.
Disciplinary hearings are public meetings and may be viewed as they occur by following the disciplinary docket and then checking the VSB calendar for the livestream details for a particular date. 

Brian Keith Snyder, license revoked, effective Nov. 1, 2021.
Glen Nelson Mackey Jr., license revoked, effective Nov. 17, 2021.
Robert Steven Pope, license revoked, effective Nov. 29, 2021.
Brian Wesley Barger Jr., license suspended, effective on Nov. 19, 2021.
Darren Scott Haley, license suspended, effective on Nov. 19, 2021.
Melissa Lynch Freeman, license suspended, effective Nov. 29, 2021.
Mark Joseph Madigan, public reprimand, effective Nov. 3, 2021.
James Paul Kent, Jr., public reprimand, effective Nov. 30.
Private Discipline: 2 private admonitions; 2 private reprimands
All CLE hours for the 2021 completion period, whether used for compliance OR carryover, need to be reported no later than 4:45 pm EST December 15, 2021. The online reporting system will shut down at that time for end of year processing. Check your record here and if your record is complete and accurate, no other action is required.
The 2021 MCLE Form 1 End of Year Report was mailed to active attorneys in early November. Review the instructions on the back of this form before returning it to our office. A blank Form 1 with instructions is available on the MCLE website. Review the MCLE website for compliance dates, MCLE delinquency fees, approved courses, and more.
Pro Bono / Access to Justice
Looking for the perfect gift for your civic-minded loved one? Make a donation to a local legal services program in their honor this season. You can find a variety of worthy local and statewide programs on our Qualified Legal Service Provider list.

Richmond attorneys: Join Virginia Poverty Law Center, and Central Virginia Legal Aid Society, Inc. on December 7th from 3 to 5:30 pm for a virtual Pro Bono Housing Law training opportunity. Register here.
The 52nd Annual Criminal Law Seminars:

  • February 4, 2022, in Charlottesville

  • February 11, 2022, in Williamsburg

More information here.
Nominations: Recognize a Deserving Lawyer
The Family Law Section is seeking nominations for the Betty A. Thompson Lifetime Achievement Award to recognize an individual who has made a substantial contribution to the practice and administration of family law in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Nominations are due Jan. 28, 2022.

The Family Law Service Award seeks nominations as well. This award is given to an individual or organization who has consistently given freely of time, talent and energies to provide valuable services in advancing family, domestic relations or juvenile law in Virginia. Nominations are due Jan. 28, 2022.

The Military Law Section is seeking nominations for its Pro Bono Award which recognizes those members of the Bar who diligently protect those who protect and serve our nation. Entry deadline is March 1, 2022.
The General Practice Section is seeks nominations for the 34th Tradition of Excellence Award.  The award recognizes an outstanding lawyer who embodies the highest tradition of personal and professional excellence in Virginia and has devoted significant amounts of time, efforts, and/or funds to activities that benefit their community. Entry deadline Monday, April 4, 2022
The Conference of Local and Specialty Bar Associations is seeking nominations for its Awards of Merit, Local Bar Leader of the Year Award, Specialty Bar Leader of the Year Award, and Bar Association of the Year Award.  Entry deadline: May 4, 2022.

The Section on the Education of Lawyers seeks nominations for the William R. Rakes Leadership in Education Award, recognizing a Virginia lawyer who has improved the education of lawyers in the Commonwealth. Nominations due Dec. 3, 2021.
The Criminal Law Section is seeking nominations for its prestigious Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Award recognizing an individual (judge, defense attorney, prosecutor, clerk, or other citizen) who has improved the criminal justice system in the Commonwealth. Nominations due Dec. 3, 2021.

Please nominate a friend or colleague for the Edward L. Chambers Lifetime Bar Service Award, given to those who serve the profession by working on the VSB’s boards, committees, conferences, or sections. Nominations due February 1, 2021.
CLE Opportunities
Registration for the 2022 Virtual VSB Techshow CLE is now open!
This virtual event on April 25 will provide the latest learning in cyber security, tech ethics, e-discovery, and many other tech issues for lawyers.

Need end of year CLE? Check here for VSB-sponsored FREE CLEs.
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