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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19-Judge Conflicts

48-Criminal Defense Lawyers

The Bar declines to indicate whether a lawyer may contract to collect unpaid fines and costs in criminal cases when one of the lawyer's partners is a substitute judge in the same jurisdiction, because the Bar cannot interpret the rules of judicial ethics.

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn