Ethics Update for Virginia Lawyers 2017 (Online Seminar)

MCLE Credits: 2.0
Ethics Credits Included: 2.0

MCLE Credit: 2.0 (Ethics: 2.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 0.0
Price: $140 (Includes a downloadable audio version.)
Viewable Through: 05/31/2018


A pre-recorded streaming video replay from the May 2017 webcast, Ethics Update for Virginia Lawyers 2017.

Program Benefits

  • 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

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
  • Competency, neglect and abandonment of client matters, failure to communicate
  • Fraud, deceit, and misrepresentation
  • Trust account and fee issues
  • Noncompliance with terms
  • Criminal conduct and convictions
  • Impairment investigations and receiverships
  • Appeals

Part 2: Hot Topics in the Law of Ethics

  • Conflicts of interest: Lobbying firms that employ an attorney legislator—LEO 1884
  • Lawyer impairment and the duty of the supervising lawyer—LEO 1886
  • Lawyer advertising Rule amendments
  • Amendments to Rules 1.6 and 3.3 regarding client perjury
  • Rule 1.6(d): Cybersecurity and the duty to protect client data
  • Avvo Legal Services and other online lead-generation companies, and Rules 5.4(a) and 7.3(b)



Edward L. Davis, Virginia State Bar / Richmond (Expand/Collapse Bio)

Edward L. Davis has been bar counsel for the Virginia State Bar since 2008. He supervises the VSB Department of Professional Regulation charged with enforcing the disciplinary and unauthorized practice of law rules by the Supreme Court of Virginia, training and educating members of the bar, and recommending improvements to the disciplinary system. He reports to the VSB executive director and the Standing Committee on Lawyer Discipline. He served as an assistant bar counsel since 1993. Before coming to the bar, he served six years in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps and he was deputy commonwealth’s attorney for York County and the city of Poquoson. From 1991 to 1993, he had a general practice with Stuart A. Simon & Associates in Richmond, with a focus on criminal defense and domestic relations law. Mr. Davis retired from the U.S. Army Reserve in January 2009 with the rank of colonel. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the College of William and Mary, a law degree from the University of Richmond, and a master’s degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College.

Bernard J. DiMuro , DiMuroGinsberg, P.C. / Alexandria (Expand/Collapse Bio)

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 (Expand/Collapse Bio)

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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