Ethics Update for Virginia Lawyers 2015 (Online Seminar)

MCLE Credits: 2.0
Ethics Credits Included: 2.0

MCLE Credit: 2.0 (Ethics: 2.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 0.0
Price: $135 (Includes a downloadable audio version.)
Viewable Through: 6/4/2016


A pre-recorded streaming VIDEO replay of the April 2015 webcast, Ethics Update for Virginia Lawyers 2015.

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

  • Competence, neglect, and abandonment
  • Fraud, deceit, dishonesty, and misrepresentation
  • Fees and costs
  • Trust account and property issues
  • Criminal charges, conduct, and convictions
  • Reciprocal discipline
  • Impairment

Part 2: New Developments in the Law of Ethics

  • The VSB Committee to Study the Future of Law Practice—facing the changes in the legal profession
  • Proposed Amendments to Rules 1.1 (Competence) and Rule 1.6 (Confidentiality) in light of advances in technology relevant to the practice of law
  • Rule 5.8 and the duty of notification when a lawyer leaves a law firm
  • Amendment to Rule 1.10 (imputed disqualification)
  • LEO 1879—Application of Rule 3.8 to prosecutors in administrative hearings
  • LEO 1880—Duty to file an Anders petition following a conviction on an indigent defendant’s guilty plea
  • ABA Formal Opinion 467: Managerial and Supervisory Obligations of Prosecutors Under Rules 5.1 and 5.3 (September 8, 2014)
  • ABA Formal Opinion 468: Selling Attorney’s Role in Facilitating the Sale of a Law Practice Under Model Rule 1.17 (October 8, 2014)
  • Formal Opinion 466: Lawyer’s Use of Social Media and Internet to Research Juror’s Presence on the Internet (April 24, 2014)
  • Ethical and competence requirements for lawyers appointed as GALs to protect the litigation rights of armed forces personnel under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act

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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.

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.

Roscoe B. Stephenson, III / Covington
Roscoe B. Stephenson is a native of Covington. He has been in the practice of law since June, 1981. Until June 2014 he was with Watson & Stephenson. He teaches at the Virginia Military Institute on Legal Environment of Business and Labor and Employment Law. His service to the profession includes: Member Boyd-Graves Conference, Member Virginia State Bar Council, and Member of the Virginia State Bar Standing Committee on Lawyer Discipline. He has lectured on legal ethics for the Virginia State Bar and the Virginia Supreme Court’s Solo & Small-Firm Forum. Mr. Stephenson received his law degree from Washington & Lee School of Law, Lexington, Virginia.

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