A New Twist for an Olde Code: Examining Virginia's New Rules of Professional Conduct
39 Pages Posted: 6 Oct 2011 Last revised: 9 Oct 2011
Date Written: 2001
On September 24, 1998, the Virginia State Bar Association filed a petition with the Supreme Court of Virginia, seeking the promulgation of the Virginia Rules of Professional Conduct. The submission was the culmination of an intensive six-year period of drafting and redrafting in an effort to create an updated, user-friendly set of standards, while generally retaining the substance of the Virginia Code of Professional Responsibility (CPR).
On January 25, 1999, the hard work of the drafting committee paid off. The Supreme Court adopted the Virginia Rules and set January 1, 2000 as the effective date.
This article seeks to introduce some of the more significant Virginia Rules provisions. Part II provides a brief synopsis of the process involved in the development of the Virginia Rules. Part III provides the text of selected rules and compares those rules with the provisions of the former Virginia Code and the American Bar Association’s Model Rules. Finally, Part IV concludes by considering the practical impact these changes will have on Virginia practitioners.
Keywords: Professional Conduct, Professional Responsibility, Virginia, Virginia Rules of Professional Conduct, Regent University
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