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

A court-appointed lawyer is not obligated to appeal a criminal conviction beyond the Supreme Court of Virginia, but must advise the client of deadlines and offer to make information available if the client wishes to appeal.

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn