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November 03, 2016

Supreme Court of Virginia Approves Legal Ethics Opinions

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Effective immediately, the Supreme Court of Virginia has approved Legal Ethics Opinions 1329, 1438, 1584, 1606, 1742, 1792, 1856, and 1869.

In November 2015, the Supreme Court of Virginia required that all legal ethics advisory opinions (LEOs) be forwarded to the Court for review after Council, the VSB’s governing body, approves or modifies an LEO. Paragraph 10-3.A. The Court then has an opportunity to approve, modify, or disapprove the LEO. Paragraph 10-4.

Beginning with Legal Ethics Opinion 1884, which was approved by the Court on September 30, 2016, all future LEOs will be promulgated under this review process.

In addition, in July 2016 the Virginia State Bar asked the court to review and approve Legal Ethics Opinions 1329, 1438, 1584, 1606, 1742, 1792, 1856, and 1869. By order entered November 2, 2016, those eight LEOs were approved and are effective immediately.

Prior LEOs issued by the Standing Committee on Legal Ethics remain in effect unless and until they have been withdrawn. Recently withdrawn LEOs are 821, 835, 856, 862, 926, 1003, 1290, 1348, 1380, 1543, 1600, 1689, 1743.

Updated: Nov 03, 2016

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