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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7-Family Conflicts

9-Government Lawyer Conflicts

48-Criminal Defense Lawyers

51-Government Attorneys

A lawyer may practice criminal law in the jurisdiction where the lawyer's spouse is an Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney, as long as the clients consent and the spouse has had no contact with the matter at issue. [Rule 1.8(i) now allows related lawyers to be directly adverse to one another if the clients consent.]

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn