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

20-Government Official Conflicts

31-Protecting and Disclosing Confidences and Secrets

48-Criminal Defense Lawyers

51-Government Attorneys

It is not per se impermissible for a Commonwealth's Attorney or criminal defense lawyer to participate on a Community Criminal Justice Board, which develops and evaluates community corrections programs (but does not make any findings or recommendations in individual cases), as long as the lawyers do not reveal client confidences, do not seek any special advantages for themselves or their clients, and do not advise their clients that they can improperly influence any Board members.

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn