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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4-Witness-Advocate Rule

A lawyer practicing with a legal aid society should not represent either the society or an individual society lawyer sued in a malpractice case, because the defendant-lawyer must be a witness in the case. [The summary incorrectly indicates that the lawyer may represent the society or the individual lawyer-defendant.]

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn