These summaries were prepared by McGuireWoods LLP lawyer Thomas E. Spahn. They are based on the letter opinions issued by the Virginia State Bar. Any editorial comments reflect Mr. Spahn's current personal views, and not the opinions of the Virginia State Bar, McGuireWoods or its clients. 
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19-Judge Conflicts

A lawyer may represent a defendant in a civil suit involving a traffic accident even though the lawyer's partner acted as a substitute judge in the traffic case (the law firm is not disqualified, because Canon 9 contains no imputed disqualification rules). [Rule 1.11 would now allow an "ethics screen" in this circumstance.]

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn