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

16-Lawyer's Personal Interests

51-Government Attorneys

Even with consent, a Commonwealth's Attorney may not prosecute UMW member if the lawyer owned part of a coal company against which the UMW members are striking. The Bar stated that it "is cognizant of the need for a heightened sensitivity to public perception of ethical improprieties in the legal profession in general and in particular of one who is engaged in representing the public rather than individual clients. The government lawyer must not place himself in a situation where his loyalties are or may be perceived as being divided."

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn