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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17-Fraud on the Tribunal

21-Reporting Another Lawyer's Unethical Conduct

41-Non-Virginia Lawyers

Two lawyers represent a felon. After the trial, the client advises one of the lawyers that the other lawyer (who is a member of an out-of-state bar) instructed the client to commit perjury. The lawyer must disclose this information to the tribunal and (if it raises a substantial question of the other lawyer's fitness to practice law) to the Virginia Bar and the bar of the state in which the other lawyer practices. [If information about the ethics violation is a client confidence, a lawyer may report the other lawyer's misconduct only if the client consents under Rule 1.6(c)(3); the lawyer considering whether to report must consult with the client under that Rule.]

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn