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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10-Former Government Lawyer Conflicts

19-Judge Conflicts

The Bar declines to state whether a federal judge was obligated to reveal that a lawyer appearing before the court had served as the judge's law clerk three or four years ago. Because the current case was unrelated to any matter on which the lawyer assisted the judge while a clerk, the lawyer was not obligated to disclose the earlier clerkship.

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn