Ethics Update for Virginia Lawyers 2016

MCLE Credits: 2.0
Ethics Credits Included: 2.0

Wednesday, October 26, 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. ET
  • Webcast with Live Q&A
  • Telephone with Live Q&A
Wednesday, December 7, 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. ET
  • Webcast with Live Q&A
  • Telephone with Live Q&A
MCLE Credit: 2.0 (Ethics: 2.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 2.0 (all dates, all formats) Live Interactive MCLE Credit Symbol
Registration Fee: $145


Why Attend?

  • Stay up to date on the latest changes and case law affecting the practice of law
  • Hear from the people who run Virginia’s system
  • Get well-developed written outlines for future reference
  • Convenience—attend in person, tune in via the Internet, or listen by phone

Legal ethics is now one of the most dynamic and difficult areas of law. Every year, there are significant changes to and new interpretations of existing law, all of which can profoundly affect your daily practice. This seminar will help you keep up to date and will help you avoid potential ethics traps.


Part 1: Review of the Most Significant Disciplinary Cases from the Past Year, Plus Rule and Procedural Changes

  • Disciplinary statistics and the Client Protection Fund
  • Review of significant disciplinary cases, involving:
    • Competency, neglect, and abandonment
    • Fraud, deceit, dishonesty, and misrepresentation
    • Trust account and property issues
    • Criminal charges, conduct, and convictions
    • Reciprocal discipline
    • Failure to respond or cooperate
  • Appeals
  • Impairment investigations and receiverships
  • Changes to rules regarding exculpatory evidence in VSB disciplinary procedures and the reinstatement process

Part 2: New Developments in the Law of Ethics

  • Amendments to Rules 1.1 and 1.6 of the Virginia Rules of Professional Conduct requiring competence in technology and the duty to protect client information
  • Client perjury:  can a lawyer withdraw from representation if a client intends to commit perjury without disclosing the client’s (now former client’s) intent to the court?
  • Negative reviews of a lawyer on social media: is there a “self-defense” exception to Rule 1.6 that would allow a lawyer to disclose client information to challenge a negative online review?
  • Secret settlements:  when should secret settlements not be secret?
  • Is it improper to oppose your adversary’s request to file a late answer?  A look at Environment Specialist, Incorporated, etc. v. Wells Fargo Bank Northwest, N.A., etc. (appeal from an order sanctioning lawyer for not voluntarily agreeing to allow defendant in default to file late answer)
  • Resolution 105—ABA Adopts Model Regulatory Objectives for Bar Regulators
  • Avvo Legal Services—may lawyers participate without violating rules prohibiting sharing fees with non-lawyers (Rule 5.4(a)) or paying for the recommendation or referral of employment (Rule 7.3(b))?

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Registration Deadlines:
Webcast: 10 minutes prior to seminar. If you register for a webcast the day of the seminar, your e-mail receipt will include a link to launch the seminar and download the materials.
Telephone: Online registration ends at 11:59 p.m. the day preceding the seminar
Call (800) 979-8253 to register up to one hour prior to the seminar
Live on Site: Online registration ends at 11:59 p.m. the day preceding the seminar
Walk-in registration is permitted on a space-available basis

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation/transfer requests will be honored until 5:00 p.m. the day preceding the seminar. You will, however, be charged $40 if you cancel or transfer your registration to a different seminar after the link to the materials has been e-mailed by Virginia CLE.

Full refunds or transfers are available up to two days after a webcast in the unlikely event that you experience technical difficulties.

MCLE Credit Caveat: The MCLE Board measures credits by the time you spend in attendance. If you enter a seminar late or leave it early, or both, you must reflect those adjustments accurately in the credits you report on your credit reporting form. A code will be given at the end of the seminar, which must be written on your MCLE form.

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COURSE SCHEDULE (Spring - April 20 and May 4)

12:00 Ethics Update for Virginia Lawyers 2016
1:45 Question-and-Answer Session
2:00 Adjourn
  • Sign-in for live seminar attendees in Charlottesville begins at 11:30 a.m.
  • Q&A will be handled via chat room for Webcast attendees.
  • Q&A will be handled via e-mail for telephone seminar attendees.

COURSE SCHEDULE (Fall - October 4, 20, 26, and December 7)

12:00 Ethics Update for Virginia Lawyers 2016
1:45 Question-and-Answer Session
2:00 Adjourn
  • Q&A will be handled via chat room for Webcast attendees.
  • Q&A will be handled via e-mail for telephone seminar attendees.



Edward L. Davis,
Virginia State Bar / Richmond

Edward L. Davis manages and participates in the work of the Professional Regulation Department of the Virginia State Bar, charged by the Supreme Court of Virginia with enforcing its disciplinary and unauthorized practice rules.  He supervises a staff of forty lawyers, investigators, and support staff who investigate and prosecute complaints of unprofessional conduct against lawyers licensed in Virginia.  The staff also gives advice about legal ethics and the unauthorized practice of law.  Mr. Davis reports to the Virginia State Bar’s Executive Director and works closely with the Standing Committee on Lawyer Discipline, which has oversight responsibility for the disciplinary system.

Bernard J. DiMuro,
DiMuroGinsberg, P.C. / Alexandria

Bernard J. DiMuro is the managing partner of the Alexandria law firm of DiMuroGinsberg, P.C. He represents clients in complex civil litigation and professional responsibility cases. He was formerly a chairman and member of the Eighth District Grievance Committee and chairman of the Virginia Supreme Court Disciplinary Board. Mr. DiMuro also has been a faculty member of the Virginia State Bar Professionalism Course, a member of the VSB Committee to Study the Code of Professional Responsibility, and a past president of the VSB. He assists business clients and their general counsel in litigation management and in the audit of legal fees and legal services.

James M. McCauley,
Virginia State Bar / Richmond

James M. McCauley is the Ethics Counsel for the Virginia State Bar, and manages the staff counsel serving the Standing Committees on Legal Ethics, Unauthorized Practice of Law, and Lawyer Advertising and Solicitation. He and his staff write the draft advisory opinions for the Standing Committees and provide informal advice over the telephone to members of the bar, bench, and general public on matters involving legal ethics, lawyer advertising, and the unauthorized practice of law. Mr. McCauley frequently lectures and publishes articles on matters relating to legal ethics and the unauthorized practice of law. He teaches Professional Responsibility at the T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond.

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