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

19-Judge Conflicts

A lawyer may appear before a judge who has a relative (including in-laws) in the lawyer's firm, but the judge must disclose these facts to all parties, and obtain their consent. [The judge's possible disclosure duties would be found in the Canons of Judicial Conduct.]

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn