Civil Practice and Procedure

Christopher S. Dadak*

This article addresses changes and notable analyses in approximately a year’s worth of Supreme Court of Virginia opinions, passed legislation, and revisions to the Rules of the Supreme Court of Virginia affecting Virginia civil procedure. This article is not meant to be all encompassing, but it does endeavor to capture the highlights of changes or analyses regarding Virginia civil procedure. The opinions discussed throughout this article do not all reflect changes in Virginia jurisprudence on civil procedure. Some address clarifications or reminders from the court on certain issues it has deemed worthy of addressing (and that practitioners continue to raise). The article first addresses opinions of the supreme court, then new legislation enacted during the 2018 General Assembly Session, and finally approved revisions to the Rules of the Supreme Court of Virginia.

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* Associate, Guynn & Waddell, P.C., Salem, Virginia. J.D., 2012, University of Richmond School of Law; B.A., 2008, Washington and Lee University. The author thanks the University of Richmond Law Review editors and staff for their patience and perseverance in bringing the Annual Survey book to fruition and particularly their efforts on this article.

Corporate and Business Law

Christopher L. McLean*

The past two years have produced a number of pieces of legislation from the Virginia General Assembly that serve to bring the set of Virginia business entity statutes up to date with its peers around the country. Part I highlights changes to the Virginia Stock Corporation Act (“VSCA”) and the Virginia Nonstock Corporation Act (“VNSCA”). Part II highlights changes to the Virginia Securities Act (“VSA”) and other statutes affecting Virginia business entities. Part III reviews two significant cases that the Supreme Court of Virginia decided over the past two years with respect to Virginia corporate law. Those decisions provided guidance on the concept of a foreign company “transacting business” in Virginia, the ability of a foreign company to maintain a suit in Virginia without properly obtaining a certificate from the Virginia State Corporation Commission (“Commission”) as a registered foreign company, and the survival of the “futility exception” with respect to derivative suits by members of a limited liability company (“LLC”).

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* Member, Kaufman & Canoles, P.C., McLean, Virginia. J.D., 2010, University of Richmond School of Law; B.A., 2007, University of Virginia.

Criminal Law and Procedure

Aaron J. Campbell*, John I. Jones, IV** & Rachel L. Yates***

This article surveys recent developments in criminal law and procedure in Virginia. Because of space limitations, the authors have limited their discussion to the most significant appellate decisions and legislation.

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* Assistant Attorney General,Criminal Appeals Section, Office of the Attorney General, Commonwealth of Virginia. J.D., 2009, University of Richmond School of Law; B.A., 2002, Concord University.
** Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Appeals Section, Office of the Attorney General, Commonwealth of Virginia. J.D., 2015, Regent University School of Law; B.S., 2009, Central Christian College of Kansas.
*** Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Appeals Section, Office of the Attorney General, Commonwealth of Virginia. J.D., 2013, University of Richmond School of Law; B.A., 2009, University of Virginia.

Family Law

Allison Anna Tait*

Once again this year, the Virginia courts and legislature have been occupied with a range of family law matters—from divorce, to custody, to support. Spousal support, in particular, has been much discussed in legislative chambers, as well as in courtrooms, and significant legislative changes will redesign how divorcing couples draft settlement agreements in the coming years. In other areas, there has been less activity and fewer results. Both the House of Delegates and the Senate of Virginia failed to move out of committee bills that would repeal “the statutory prohibitions on same-sex marriages and civil unions or other arrangements between persons of the same sex purporting to bestow the privileges and obligations of marriage.” Similarly stuck in committee was a bill to repeal the crime of adultery, and one to make “parenting and marriage terminology gender-neutral in the relevant law regarding adoption.”

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* Associate Professor, University of Richmond School of Law. Thanks to the University of Richmond Law Review and Emily Palombo for inviting me to write this overview and to the staff for their excellent editorial work. Thanks also to Hayden-Anne Breedlove for her research assistance.

Professional Responsibility

James McCauley* 

This article briefly describes some recent amendments to the Virginia Rules of Professional Conduct adopted by the Supreme Court of Virginia in 2016 and 2017. The changes affect the lawyer’s duty to protect confidential client information in this digital age, lawyer advertising and solicitation, and candor with a tribunal. The article also discusses two legal ethics opinions adopted by the court addressing a lawyer’s obligations when faced with another lawyer suffering from an impairment.

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* Ethics Counsel for the Virginia State Bar. J.D., 1982, University of Richmond School of Law.

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