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

51-Government Attorneys

A Commonwealth's Attorney, who also has a private practice, may not represent clients against whom there may be charges of criminal misconduct, even if the clients consent. "[T]he Commonwealth's Attorney must be sensitive to the public perception regarding part-time private practice of a public officer."

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn