The monthly news summary for Virginia lawyers
Governance
The Hon. Teresa M. Chafin has been invested to the Supreme Court of Virginia, replacing retiring Justice Elizabeth A. McClanahan. Justice Chafin, a native of Lebanon, was elected by the General Assembly to a 12-year term that began in September.

Comments are sought on proposed revisions to the Clients’ Protection Fund rules . Comments due Oct 11.

A SCOVA advisory committee seeks comments on proposed amendments to the Rules of Court regarding deposition notices and the alternative pretrial order for eminent domain cases. Comments due Dec 12.
Discipline
Marc Ericson Darnell , license suspended, effective September 18, 2019.
Paul Granville Watson IV , license suspended, effective September 27, 2019
Glenn Cameron Alexander , public reprimand, effective August 20, 2019.
Compliance
MCLE HOURS  – By midnight, Eastern time, October 31, 2019, active lawyers must have completed 12 hours of CLE, of which 2 hours must be in ethics and 4 hours live interactive.  Click here to check your record . Apply for any non-approved course you have attended using the  Attorney Individual Application . Please be advised our fax machine was lost in the recent flooding. Log into your account online to post your CLE hours OR mail them to our office to be added to your record.  More MCLE information available here.
Pro Bono / Access
October is Pro Bono month!

Plan to attend the Pro Bono Conference on Oct.16 in Harrisonburg that includes 4.5 FREE CLE hours (1.5 ethics), and a dinner honoring the recipients of this year's VSB pro bono awards:
  1. Consumer Litigation Associates PC, and Kelly Guzzo PLC (co-recipients), and
  2. Herb Sebren of Tappahannock. Register online now.
The Young Lawyers Conference is co-sponsoring with the Governor's office a Richmond  Wills for Heroes session in October to assist Virginia State and Capitol Police. Learn more and sign up to volunteer! No estate planning experience is necessary.
CLE & Events
Bench Bar Dinner
A Day in General Practice CLE
Celebration of Women & Minorities in the Legal Profession
Honoring over 40 judges
Richmond Hilton
October 29
Reception & Dinner
$300 per table of 8; $40 single
Learn from the Best Judges and Lawyers in Virginia
Richmond
October 16
7 hours CLE
2 Ethics (pending)
$85 (includes lunch)
Interested in becoming a VSB fee dispute mediator/arbitrator ? We are offering free fee dispute training in October for all VSB mediators and arbitrators. If you would like to volunteer, please register at one of the following links:
Richmond : October 4
Norfolk : October 24
Fredericksburg : October 29
We Need Lawyers For Prescreened Referrals.

 The Virginia Lawyer Referral Service needs lawyers in certain parts of the Commonwealth and with certain expertise. Find out where they are and how to join the VLRS panel.
Call for Nominations!
The Section on the Education of Lawyers seeks nominees for the William R. Rakes Leadership in Education Award . The Criminal Law Section seeks nominations for the Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Award . Nominate someone today!
Mark your calendars for next year:
 
  • 50th Annual Criminal Law Seminar, Charlottesville & Williamsburg – Feb 7 & 14
  • Bar Leaders Institute, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Richmond – March 6
  • Solo & Small-Firm Practitioner Forum, Eastern Shore Community College, Melfa – April 3
  • Techshow CLE, Greater Richmond Convention Center – April 27
  • Indigent Criminal Defense Seminar, Greater Richmond Convention Center; Remote locations: Wytheville Meeting Center and Hotel Madison and Conference Center May 1
  • Solo & Small-Firm Practitioner Forum, Institute for Advanced Learning and Research, Danville – May 19
  • Annual Meeting, Virginia Beach – June 17-20
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