Governance
On April 28, 2021, the Supreme Court of Virginia amended Part 6, Section IV, of the Rules of the Supreme Court. At the request of the VSB, the Court extended the period for completion of the Mandatory Professionalism Course from 12 to 24 months, reduced the CPF fee from $10 per year to $5 per year, and halved delinquency fees and reinstatement fees that apply to all four rules of court for renewal.

On April 21, the VSB Council met and took the following actions.
The winners of Bar Council elections for Circuits 18, 23, and 28 have been announced. (pictured)
 
On April 1, the Supreme Court of Virginia amended Parts Five and Five A of the Rules of the Court.
 
On April 12, the Supreme Court of Virginia issued its Twentieth COVID Emergency Order affecting all courts in the Commonwealth through May 9, 2021.

The Supreme Court of Virginia needs lawyers willing to serve on Med Mal Review Panels. Please consider volunteering your time to the Court – the time requirements are minimal.
There is nothing more important to your personal or your professional life than your own well-being. This week begins Well-being Week in the Law. Click here for Virginia Judges & Lawyers Assistance Program's five days of well-being and free CLEs on wellness topics.
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:
Carl Christen La Mondue, license revoked, effective April 9, 2021.
Suspensions:
Christopher Matthew Reyes, license suspended, effective on April 23, 2021.
Reprimands: None
Private Discipline:
4 Private Admonitions
5 Private Reprimands
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
The deadline to report hours and pay fees for 2020 MCLE compliance is 4:45 p.m. EST May 28, 2021

Please review the Instructions for Compliance and report hours using the MCLE End of Year Report or Notice of Impending Suspension. Please use a verifiable delivery service such as FedEx or UPS close to the deadline. Postmarks are not considered. Please do not fax or email your documents for 2020 compliance.
 
MCLE delinquency fees can be paid by check made payable to the Treasurer of Virginia or online at the VSB Portal with a Visa or Mastercard.
 
The 2021 MCLE year has not been extended. The completion deadline is October 31, 2021. Your continued good standing is important to us. Please call if you have any questions: (804) 775-0577.
Pro Bono / Access to Justice
Are you looking for a safe and convenient way to use your legal skills to help those in need? 

Free Legal Answers is anonymous, counts toward your pro bono hours, and helps underserved Virginians with legal questions from the comfort of your home or office. More information on this great program may be found here.
Opportunities and Events
Registration is open for the 2021 Virginia State Bar Annual Meeting. CLEs will be held virtually on June 14 & 15, with 9.5 hours of live CLE and 3 hours of recorded CLE programming: A full year of MCLE hours, including ethics. The description of CLE topics and registration information may be found here.
If you are a government or public interest lawyer, the Board of the Construction Law and Public Contracts Section wants to pay your Annual Meeting registration fees. Twenty sponsorships are available, which will also include one year of section membership. If interested, please email Jon Straw your resume and a brief statement (≤ 250 words) describing your service to the public and/or interest in construction law and public contracts by June 1st. Attorneys currently looking for work are encouraged to apply. 
The Virginia Lawyer Referral Service increases revenue for itself and its lawyer members.

Join the Virginia Lawyer Referral Service! Members receive prescreened referrals in your area and your area of practice. More information here, or contact Toni Dunson at dunson@vsb.org.
Only one publication reaches every single member of the Virginia State Bar. Do you want to promote your firm, your new partner, your big case, or your referral program to the 50,000 readers of Virginia LawyerReview our new lower ad rates for 2021, and our ad creation program for full page advertisers.

The June issue, sponsored by the Trusts & Estates Section, mails on May 28. Hopefully, you took advantage of our special advertising section for Trusts & Estates lawyers, with 1/6 page ads for only $100.
Please consider patronizing the advertisers who are such are an important part of Virginia Lawyer:

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Norman Thomas, PLLC: 40 years of appellate experience in extensive cases ranging from civil to criminal law.
Oast & Taylor: Estate planning and elder law in four locations on coastal Virginia and northeastern North Carolina.
VA State Bar Members’ Insurance Center: A full-service broker for health, life, and disability insurance for lawyers.
Walsh Colucci Lubeley & Walsh: Land lawyers, estate planning, commercial real estate matters of all kinds, business transactions.
Stay connected to your Bar:
The VSB continues to provide essential services to Virginia’s lawyers and the public.
The VSB office at 1111 E. Main Street is closed to visitors. If you need to reach a staff person, please send an email or call the appropriate contact person. Many of our staff are teleworking and responses may be delayed. Thank you for your understanding.

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