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

35-Threatening Criminal and Disciplinary Action

51-Government Attorneys

A part-time Commonwealth's Attorney may represent a retailer in suing a delinquent customer if an independent special prosecutor is appointed to investigate or try any related criminal charges, but may not "allude to possible criminal prosecution, when corresponding with a debtor, for the sole purpose of advancing his client's civil claim."

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn