Ethics Update for Virginia Lawyers 2020 (Online Seminar)

MCLE Credits: 2.0
Ethics Credits Included: 2.0

MCLE Credit: 2.0 (Ethics: 2.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 0.0
Price: $149 (Includes a downloadable audio version.)
Viewable Through: 05/31/2021


A pre-recorded streaming AUDIO replay of the April 2020 webcast, Ethics Update for Virginia Lawyers 2020.

Course Outline

  • 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
  • Virginia CLE®’s most popular program—well over 1,000 attendees every year!

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 ethics rules, 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.


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

Hot Topics in the Law of Ethics

  • Supreme Court adopts LEO 1890—Compendium Opinion on Rule 4.2 and contacts with represented persons
  • Supreme Court adopts LEO 1891—Communications with represented government employees and the “authorized by law” exception under Rule 4.2
  • Amendments to Rule 1.15—Trust account recordkeeping
  • Amendment to Rule 4.4 adding paragraph (b)—Duties when attorney receives inadvertently misdelivered privileged information
  • Supreme Court rejects proposed “needle in a haystack” comment
  • Supreme Court adopts amendments to Corporate Counsel Rule 1A:5
  • Proposed Rule 1.8(k)—Ban on sexual relations with clients
  • Amendments to LEO 1850 re: outsourcing legal services
  • Proposed LEO 1878—Duty of successor lawyer to explain to client her responsibility for discharged lawyer’s attorney’s lien or quantum meruit claim in a contingency fee case
  • Supreme Court adopts amendments to LEO 1872—Virtual law offices
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Renu M. Brennan, Virginia State Bar / Richmond
Bernard J. DiMuro, DiMuro Ginsberg / Alexandria
James M. McCauley, Virginia State Bar / Richmond
Elizabeth K. Shoenfeld, Virginia State Bar / Richmond


Renu M. Brennan, Virginia State Bar / Richmond
Renu Brennan is the Bar Counsel for the Virginia State Bar.  She served as Deputy Executive Director of the VSB from 2016 to 2018, and as Assistant Bar Counsel for the Bar from 2008 to 2016. Ms. Brennan is Secretary of Lawyers Helping Lawyers and is a member of the ABA Standing Committee on Client Protection. She was a faculty member for the Virginia State Bar Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Course from 2008 to 2011, and she has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Virginia since 2007. She also served as co-chair of the Judicial Nominations Committee of APABA-VA from 2009 to 2011. Ms. Brennan participated as an instructor in the Virginia Bar Association’s Rule of Law program. Prior to coming to the Bar, she was a partner with the firm of Vandeventer Black, LLP, where she handled professional malpractice and commercial litigation. From 1998 to 2004, Ms. Brennan was with the firm of Wright, Robinson, Osthimer & Tatum in Richmond, Virginia. Ms. Brennan is licensed in Virginia, the District of Columbia, and California, where she practiced in Los Angeles. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and a law degree from Boston University School of Law.

Bernard J. DiMuro, DiMuroGinsberg, P.C. / Alexandria
Bernard J. DiMuro is the managing partner of the Alexandria law firm of DiMuroGinsberg, PC. 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 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.

Elizabeth K. Shoenfeld, Virginia State Bar / Richmond
Elizabeth Shoenfeld is a Senior Assistant Bar Counsel for the Virginia State Bar, where she investigates and prosecutes ethical misconduct complaints against attorneys practicing in Virginia.  Prior to joining the bar in 2015, she had a national litigation practice, focusing on defending automotive manufacturers in product liability actions.  Since joining the bar, she has spoken throughout the Commonwealth on a number of ethics-related issues.  In her free time, she enjoys running in local races and after her two daughters, ages 10 and 7.

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