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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9-Government Lawyer Conflicts

48-Criminal Defense Lawyers

An assistant part-time prosecutor may defend criminal cases only in other jurisdictions and where there is no danger of public perception that the lawyer is exploiting a position to defend criminal clients. The Bar pointed to the following factors: the distance from the place where the prosecutor has official duties; the nature of the crime; the identity of the defendant; and the identity of the witnesses.

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