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

44-Conflicts - Miscellaneous

A court-appointed lawyer has an ethical duty to file post-conviction motions requested by the client (unless they are ill-founded or the lawyer withdraws) because the Virginia statute governing court-appointed lawyers indicates that the duty of representation includes appeals.

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn