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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27-Litigation Tactics (Including Misrepresentations, Tape Recordings)

36-Withdrawal from Representations

A court-appointed lawyer who is offered money by the client to sue the client's former lawyer (which apparently is a criminal act) may avoid violating the criminal law by advising the client of the implications of his offer and not accepting any money. Court-appointed lawyers should seek to withdraw only for compelling reasons, which do not include dislike of the subject matter.

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn