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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Lawyers handling black lung cases before a federal administrative body are not bound by the Virginia ethics rules requiring a court's permission because the administrative hearing is not considered a court proceeding.

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn