The Supreme Court of Virginia approves Unauthorized Practice of Law Opinion 218 regarding the Uniform Power of Attorney Act.
The Supreme Court of Virginia amends Rules of Court concerning Limited Scope Appearance.

Notice: Lawyers continue to receive emails from impostor account posing as the VSB.
Naveed Kalantar, Matthew Foster, and Derek Davis will serve on Bar Council for Circuits 2, 3, and 6.

The VSB Ethics Committee is seeking comments on a LEO regarding a prosecutor’s communication with a represented victim of a crime in a related civil case.

Volunteers are sought for VSB Disciplinary Board vacancies.

Supreme Court of Virginia issues 29th Emergency Order due to COVID, effective through November 3, 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. 

Ellen Mary Lynch, license revoked, effective September 7, 2021.
Steven Paul Hanna, public reprimand, effective September 10, 2021.

Private Discipline: 3 Private Admonitions; 1 Private Reprimand
The Mandatory Continuing Legal Education compliance deadline is October 31, 2021. Log into the VSB Portal to review your MCLE record. Now is the time to apply for non-approved courses and to complete your MCLE requirement.
Reminder: Of the 12.0 CLE hours required each year, 2.0 must be in ethics or professionalism and 4.0 must be from live, interactive programs. The live requirement has not been waived for this reporting period. A list of approved teleconferences and webcasts is available on the MCLE website under "Current Virginia Approved Courses." Other CLE opportunities here. If you have questions, please contact the Regulatory Compliance Department at (804) 775-0577 or
If you haven’t paid your dues: Take Action by the October 8 deadline to AVOID SUSPENSION. Log in now to complete outstanding renewal requirements.
Pro Bono / Access to Justice
October is National Celebrate Pro Bono Month!
Dedicate yourself to pro bono service this month. There are lots of ways to train up and get involved:
The Pro Bono Conference will be a VIRTUAL event this year featuring five sessions for a total of 8 hours of CLE credit. It will be held in conjunction with Day 1 of the Virginia Legal Aid Conference and is FREE. Register here.
Questions? Email Crista Gantz for more information.
The Virginia Lawyer Referral Service needs lawyers in all practice areas, but especially consumer, family, labor, and real estate law statewide.

Call (804) 775-0591 to learn more about getting prescreened referrals today.

Read more, or contact Toni Dunson at
Opportunities and Events
You are invited to attend the Bench-Bar Dinner, honoring newly elected or elevated female and minority judges in Virginia.
Thursday, October 21, at the Greater Richmond Convention Center.
Keynote speaker: The Honorable Cleo E. Powell, Justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia.
Sponsored by: VSB YLC, Hill Tucker Bar Association, the Old Dominion Bar Association, the Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Virginia Women Attorneys Association, and Woods Rogers PLC.
Tickets are $50 per person; Tables of six may be reserved for $275. 
Join the Joint ADR Committee – Membership in the VSB-VBA Joint Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee enhances your negotiation and ADR skills and meets your ethical obligations to counsel clients on ADR options. Dues are $25 a year for non-VBA members Renew today or sign up. The VBA provides administrative support to this joint committee and collects dues for it.
Mailing October 13: October is our Pro Bono issue featuring a profile on Henry Su of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, and articles on housing issues for tenants & landlords, the limited scope appearance rule, and pro bono heroes.

Thank you to our authors and advertisers. In our December issue, we feature Virginia's eight accredited law schools. Have a fun photo from your days at a Virginia law school? Please send it to for inclusion in the magazine.

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Call for Entries: Nominate a Deserving Lawyer
The Criminal Law Section is seeking nominations for the Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Award, recognizing a judge, lawyer, clerk, or other citizen who has improved the justice system in the Commonwealth. 
The Section on the Education of Lawyers seeks nominations for the William R. Rakes Award, honoring an individual from the bench, the practicing bar, or the academy who has, through exceptional leadership, made a significant impact of the education of lawyers in Virginia.

Please contact Maureen Stengel with questions on nominations for these awards.
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