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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20-Government Official Conflicts

A lawyer cannot "appear" (either in person, by submission, letter, etc.) before any public board, or "other public body," upon which another lawyer in the firm sits. The disqualification cannot be cured by the lawyer's recusal from pertinent decisions on the board or other public body (expanding the reach of earlier LEO 1718 beyond "governing bodies" and beyond in-person "appearance" before public bodies).

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn