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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16-Lawyer's Personal Interests

48-Criminal Defense Lawyers

A lawyer may not represent a client in a criminal appeal when one of the grounds for appeal is the lawyer's own ineffective assistance to the client. [Overruled to the extent that a new state law requires a lawyer to continue representing a criminal defendant in such circumstances, explained in LEO 1817.]

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn