Governance
The Clients' Protection Fund seeks comments on plans to raise cap on refunds to $100,000 for clients harmed by lawyer malfeasance.

Notice: Lawyers receive spoof emails from impostor account posing as VSB Ethics Department.

The Supreme Court of Virginia approves LEO 1878 and amends Paragraph 13.

The Supreme Court of Virginia issues 22nd COVID-19 Emergency Order effective through June 20.

Supreme Court of Virginia amends rules affecting Bar officers and trial procedures.

The Supreme Court of Virginia still seeks lawyers to volunteer on Med Mal review panels.
Discipline
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.

Revocations:
Jonathan Preston Fisher, license revoked, effective May 21, 2021.
Melissa Marie Ogden, license revoked, effective May 21, 2021.
Billy Joe Seabolt Jr., license revoked, effective May 25, 2021.

Suspensions:
Brian Wesley Barger Jr., license suspended, effective May 14, 2021.
Charles John Covati, license suspended, effective May 17, 2021.

Administrative Suspensions:
Judy Raye Moats, administrative suspension, effective May 13, 2021.

Reprimands:
Joseph William Wright III, public reprimand, effective May 3, 2021.
Christopher Paul Reagan, public reprimand, effective May 6, 2021.
Susan Leslie Fraser, public reprimand, effective May 11, 2021.
Kenneth Albert Moreno, public reprimand, effective May 12, 2021.
Britney Hope Maddux, public reprimand, effective May 25, 2021.

Admonitions:
Michael Craig Olson, public admonition, effective May 4, 2021.

Private Discipline:
1 Private Admonition
Teleconference Videos and Audios:
Due to COVID-19, the VSB has had to cancel many meetings and events. Videos and audios from the Disciplinary Board meetings and other public meetings that have been held by teleconference may be viewed or listened to here.
Compliance
Virginia lawyers’ annual renewal statements for the 2021–22 year are mailed in mid-June to each lawyer’s address of record. The annual license renewal deadline has returned to the standard Supreme Court Rule mandated date of July 31, 2021.

The 2021 MCLE year has not been extended and will end on October 31, 2021. Check your MCLE record and report hours online at the VSB Portal. Review the MCLE compliance deadlines and other information here.

The Professionalism Courses will begin again in July 2021 and are mandatory for all newly active members. More information on dates, times and requirements for new lawyers here.
Pro Bono / Access to Justice
Amy Disel Allman of the Virginia Legal Aid Society received the 2021 Legal Aid Award for her tireless pro bono advocacy at the VLAS, particularly in the area of tenant rights.

In one notable case, Allman was able to win a victory for her clients struggling with a bedbug infestation without resorting to litigation. She is a graduate of Syracuse Law School.

Nooreen Reza, UVA Law '21, received the 2021 Student Pro Bono Award honoring her work for the underserved during her years in law school.

A native of Wise, Reza was also an active volunteer before law school at Yale and Cambridge, and will be working in Chicago as a Powell Fellow in Legal Aid helping those facing healthcare inequities.
Thank you to the Lynchburg Pro Bono Task Force attorneys who stepped up to serve Virginia Legal Aid Society clients who sought divorces, but could not afford them. Each year the Task Force handles at least 100 cases for the VLAS.

Their service came at a critical time when legal aid has seen an increased need, and hasn’t been able to place pro bono cases to keep up with demand. Looking for a pro bono opportunity? Contact Crista Gantz at cgantz@vsb.org.
Opportunities, Awards, and Events
The 2021 Virginia State Bar Annual Meeting gives you a full year of MCLE, including ethics for just $95. 

CLEs will be held virtually on June 14 & 15, with 9.5 hours of live CLE and 3 hours of recorded CLE programming. The description of CLE topics and registration information may be found here.
Interested in Government/Public interest law?: The Construction Law and Public Contracts Section wants to pay your Annual Meeting registration fees. Twenty sponsorships are available, which include one year of section membership. Please email Jon Straw your resume and brief statement (≤ 250 words) describing your interest in construction law/public contracts by June 4. Attorneys currently looking for work are encouraged to apply. 
Christina Compagnone of the American Center for Law & Justice has received the 2021 Young Lawyer of the Year Award, given by the Young Lawyers Conference in recognition of a young lawyer who demonstrates dedicated service to the conference, the legal profession, and the community.
M. Bryan Slaughter of Charlottesville, partner at MichieHamlett, has received the Conference of Local and Specialty Bar Associations’ Local Bar Leader of the Year Award.

The award honors a bar leader who “…offers important service to the bench, bar, and public.”
The VSB Conference of Local and Specialty Bar Associations has named the Alexandria Bar Association as the Bar Association of the Year.

Founded in 1928, the Alexandria Bar organizes outreach efforts and strives to promote relationships between its 309 members and the community, including pro bono, CLEs, a mentorship program, and lawyer well-being.
The Virginia Lawyer Referral Service NEEDS LAWYERS throughout the state and for ALL areas of law practices that are active VSB members in good standing. Join today, and start getting prescreened referrals! Contact Toni Dunson at dunson@vsb.org for more information.
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Thank you to the Trusts & Estates Section for sponsoring the June issue.

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