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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3-Multiple Representations on the Same Matter

18-Consent and Prospective Waivers

67-Lawyers Acting as Guardians Ad Litem"

A lawyer may not continue representing the former executive director of the Department of Social Services in a wrongful discharge action against the Department while also acting as a guardian ad litem for a child whose custody is in dispute because of alleged illegal actions by the former executive director. Although consent might cure this conflict, the lawyer cannot obtain consent from the child.

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn