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February 25, 2019

Highlights of the February 23, 2019, Virginia State Bar Council Meeting

At its meeting on February 23, 2019, in Richmond, the Virginia State Bar Council heard the following significant reports and took the following actions.

Unauthorized Practice of Law Rules
Council approved by unanimous vote the proposed rewrite of the Unauthorized Practice of Law Rules. Prior to approval, Council unanimously approved amending the proposed amendments in two regards: (1) Paragraph 3.A. Exceptions, was amended by the addition at the end of the paragraph to include non-lawyers or paralegals employed by legal aid societies; and (2) Paragraph 5.D, Comments, was amended to correct the reference to Paragraph 3(Q) to Paragraph 3(R). The proposed rule changes will be presented to the Supreme Court of Virginia for approval.

Rule of Professional Conduct 4.4(b)
A motion was made and seconded to refer the proposed rule changes to Rule of Professional Conduct 4.4(b) to the Standing Committee on Legal Ethics for reconsideration, which motion was passed by affirmation.

Rule of Professional Conduct 3.8
Council approved 47 to 13 the proposed revisions to Rule of Professional Conduct 3.8 with the addition of Comment [5]. Prior to approval, Council amended the proposed comment. The proposed comment will be presented to the Supreme Court of Virginia for approval.

Appointment of Renu M. Brennan as Bar Counsel
Council approved by unanimous vote the appointment of Renu M. Brennan as Bar Counsel.

Budget
Council unanimously approved a $16 million proposed budget for the FY2020, which will be presented to the Supreme Court of Virginia for approval. This is an increase of $1.9 million over the current operating budget, primarily due to a proposed salary increase, as well as anticipated technology costs.

ALPS Agreement
Council approved the proposed amendment to the ALPS endorsement agreement.

Updated: Feb 25, 2019

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