Legal Ethics Committee

The Standing Committee on Legal Ethics meets regularly to consider attorneys’ formal requests for advisory opinions seeking guidance on legal ethics and the unauthorized practice of law as well as to analyze and debate proposals to amend the Rules of Professional Conduct and the Unauthorized Practice Rules. The committee adopts proposed advisory opinions or rule amendments for consideration by council and the Supreme Court of Virginia.

The nine committee members are appointed by the president of the Virginia State Bar and may serve two consecutive three-year terms. The committee’s work may include other specific assignments or requests in its area of general responsibility from the VSB’s officers, the Executive Committee or VSB Council. See the committee's full mission statement.

Members are appointed by the VSB President-elect after volunteers are solicited in the fall in Virginia Lawyer magazine, in emails, and online; applications are due in February. Applicants send a brief résumé and fill out a committee preference form.  

Upcoming meetings may be found on the Calendar and are subject to the Virginia Freedom of Information Act. Agendas and call in numbers will be provided on the meeting entry on the Calendar. However, the deliberations of the Standing Committee on Legal Ethics are confidential pursuant to the Rules of the Supreme Court Part 6 § IV Paragraph 10-2 (E). Therefore, all substantive portions of this meeting are closed to nonmembers.

Full NamePositionAddress of RecordTerm StartTerm End
Michael MacKager YorkChairWehner & York, P.C. 11860 Sunrise Valley Dr Ste 100 Reston, VA 20191 UNITED STATES7/1/20226/30/2024COMMITTEE/CLE:62922:3456377YORK, MICHAEL
Vera Kathleen DoughertyVice ChairMcGuireWoods LLP 101 W Main St Ste 9000 Norfolk, VA 23510-1655 UNITED STATES7/1/20216/30/2024COMMITTEE/CLE:78907:3456502DOUGHERTY, VERA
Naveed KalantarBar CouncilGarriott Maurer, PLLC 5041 Corporate Woods Drive Virginia Beach, VA 23462 UNITED STATES7/1/20226/30/2025COMMITTEE/CLE:83774:3456529KALANTAR, NAVEED
Teresa Goody GuillénMemberBakerHostetler Washington Square Ste 1100 1050 Connecticut Ave NW Washington, DC 20036 UNITED STATES7/1/20236/30/2024COMMITTEE/CLE:67124:3849483GUILLÉN, TERESA
Michael HuYoungMemberBarnes & Diehl, P.C. Three Paragon Place Suite 110 6806 Paragon Place Richmond, VA 23230 UNITED STATES7/1/20216/30/2024COMMITTEE/CLE:42023:34129HUYOUNG, MICHAEL
Kenneth Brett MarstonMemberGentry, Locke, Rakes & Moore 10 Franklin Road, SE P.O. Box 40013 Roanoke, VA 24022-0013 UNITED STATES7/1/20236/30/2024COMMITTEE/CLE:54614:3849464MARSTON, KENNETH
Jeffery Keith MitchellMemberThe Mitchell Law Firm, A Professional Co 1700 Kraft Dr Ste 2000 Blacksburg, VA 24060 UNITED STATES7/1/20226/30/2025COMMITTEE/CLE:53266:3456266MITCHELL, JEFFERY
Michael Wayne RobinsonMemberVenable LLP 1850 Towers Crescent Dr Ste Vienna, VA 22182-2707 UNITED STATES7/1/20236/30/2026COMMITTEE/CLE:46112:3849477ROBINSON, MICHAEL
Nia Ayanna VidalMemberOffice of the Federal Public Defender Suite 400 210 1st Street SW Roanoke, VA 240117/1/20216/30/2024COMMITTEE/CLE:66864:33828VIDAL, NIA
Emily Fox HedrickLiaisonVirginia State Bar 1111 E Main St Ste 700 Richmond, VA 23219-0026 UNITED STATES  COMMITTEE/CLE:80155:3456506HEDRICK, EMILY
Kristi Roberts HallCommittee AdministratorVirginia State Bar 1111 E Main St Ste 700 Richmond, VA 23219 UNITED STATES  COMMITTEE/CLE:93230:3797953HALL, KRISTI