Ethics Update for Virginia Lawyers 2022

MCLE Credits: 2.0
Ethics Credits Included: 2.0

Wednesday, October 12, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. ET
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Tuesday, October 18, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. ET
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Thursday, December 15, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. ET
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MCLE Credit: 2.0 (Ethics: 2.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 2.0 (all dates, all formats) Live Interactive MCLE Credit Symbol
Designation Credit: 2.0 Ethics (Designations Information)
Registration Fees: Live on Site: $159
Webcast:
$159
Telephone: $179

Information

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
  • 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.

TOPIC AGENDA

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

  • Disciplinary statistics
  • 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

  • Amendments to Rule 1.2 adopted by SCV effective 3/12/22 re counseling clients in marijuana sale and distribution if legal under VA law
  • Short reprise of LEO 1896 adopted by SCV effective 1/11/22 re lawyers working remotely from a jurisdiction in which the lawyer is not licensed
  • Proposed LEO 1893—representing child/parent as next friend—conflicts
  • Proposed LEO 1894—representing multiple children as plaintiffs against same tortfeasor with limited assets—aggregate settlement and concurrent conflicts of interest.
  • New Rule 1A:9 adopted by SCV effective 3/12/22 allowing non-VA lawyers to be admitted on motion as Legal Aid Counsel
  • Proposed LEO 1897 re “reply all” to OC’s emails and Rule 4.2
  • ABA Formal Op. 499—passive investment by lawyer in ABS authorized by another jurisdiction to deliver legal services; recent dramatic increase in ABS authorization including companies like LegalZoom and Hello Divorce being authorized to offer legal services in some states
  • Other recent developments with non-law firm entities, including nonlawyer matching/referral sources and the rise of alternative legal services providers (ALSPs); connection to Special Committee on Tech. and Future Practice of Law report forthcoming in March/April

PLEASE NOTE: If you claim MCLE credit for having attended either of the spring 2022 presentations of this program, you will not be able to claim MCLE credit for it again by attending any of the presentations in the fall.

COVID-19 POLICY FOR LIVE-ON-SITE ATTENDANCE

By attending a live-on-site Virginia CLE® seminar, you acknowledge the health risks associated with COVID-19 and that you MUST follow all Virginia CLE® COVID-19 policies. You may NOT attend a live-on-site program if you have tested positive for COVID-19, if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, or if you are under any self-quarantine orders per CDC guidelines.

Click here for details about the Virginia CLE® COVID-19 policy. Please revisit the webpage routinely for updates as we are monitoring the evolving COVID-19 situation. All updates to this policy will be emailed to registrants.
(Last updated March 2, 2022)

 

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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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Schedule

COURSE SCHEDULE (October 12) (Eastern Time)

11:00 Ethics Update for Virginia Lawyers 2022
1:00 Adjourn
  • Sign-in for live seminar attendees in Richmond begins at 10:30 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 (October 18 December 15) (Eastern Time)

11:00 Ethics Update for Virginia Lawyers 2022
1:00 Adjourn
  • Q&A will be handled via chat room for Webcast attendees.
  • Q&A will be handled via e-mail for telephone seminar attendees.

Faculty

FACULTY

Renu M. Brennan, Virginia State Bar / Richmond
Bernard J. DiMuro, DiMuroGinsberg / Alexandria
James M. McCauley, Virginia State Bar / Richmond
Elizabeth K. Shoenfeld, Virginia State Bar / Richmond


ABOUT THE SPEAKERS

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. She 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, PC / 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 Virginia State Bar. 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. He serves as staff liaison to the Virginia State Bar’s Standing Committee on Legal Ethics and manages the staff in the Legal Ethics Department and the Legal Ethics Hotline. Mr. McCauley served on the faculty of the Virginia State Bar’s Mandatory Professionalism Course from 2004–2010. For 15 years Mr. McCauley taught Professional Responsibility at the T.C. Williams School of Law in Richmond, Virginia and served on the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Legal Ethics and Professionalism from 2008–2011.  In 2018, Mr. McCauley was elected “Leader of the Year” in the Virginia Lawyers Weekly “Leaders in the Law” awards program. He serves on the Planning Committee for the ABA’s Center for Professional Responsibility Annual Conference and the Lawyer Advertising Committee for the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers.  Mr. McCauley is a Fellow of the Virginia Law Foundation and American Bar Foundation.  He is also on the Board of Directors for the Virginia Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program (VJLAP).

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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