Ethics Update for Virginia Lawyers 2016 (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: 5/31/2017


A pre-recorded streaming VIDEO replay of the October 2016 webcast, Ethics Update for Virginia Lawyers 2016.

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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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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