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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27-Litigation Tactics (Including Misrepresentations, Tape Recordings)

36-Withdrawal from Representations

44-Conflicts - Miscellaneous

48-Criminal Defense Lawyers

A court-appointed lawyer representing a criminal in an appeal refused to file a motion the lawyer considers frivolous, and withdrew from the representation. Although normally a lawyer would have a duty to proceed with post-trial remedies (unless the lawyer may withdraw without prejudice), "that duty has been displaced by his ethical duty not to file unwarranted or frivolous motions."

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn