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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36-Withdrawal from Representations

48-Criminal Defense Lawyers

When the court refuses permission to withdraw, a criminal defense lawyer may not withdraw from representing a client even if the client "specifically and unequivocally requested" that the lawyer withdraw.

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn