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Noteworthy > VSB NEWS Highlights of the June 13, 2013, Virginia State Bar Council Meeting At its meeting on June 13, 2013, in Virginia Beach, the Virginia State Bar Council heard the following significant reports and took the following actions: Budget The council approved a $14.66 million budget for 2013-14. This is an increase of $1,088,989 over the 2012-13 operating budget. The budget includes a 2 percent raise for VSB staff and $500,000 in increased expenditures due to relocating the VSB offices. Office Relocation Executive Director Karen A. Gould said that six buildings have been identified as possible locations for the VSB offices. That list will be narrowed to three and those will be test-fitted for the bar's requirements. The VSB's broker will then negotiate with the broker for the chosen site. Rule Changes The council unanimously approved changes to Rules of Professional Conduct 1.11, conflicts of interest; 1.15, safekeeping property; and 5.4, independence of a lawyer. Amendments to VSB Bylaws Regarding Executive Committee Membership The council approved 62 to 5 the motion to amend the bylaws giving the Diversity Conference a seat on the Executive Committee. A proposal to increase the size of the committee from 13 to 16 was suspended. Resolutions The council unanimously approved resolutions honoring W. David Harless for his years of service and his law firm for its support of Harless during his years as an officer and service on the VSB Council. SAVE THE DATE September 13-15 Lawyers Helping Lawyers Fall Conference Plan now to enjoy the autumn at Wintergreen Resort — sharing food, companionship and CLEs with friends and colleagues interested in helping others in the legal profession To receive a brochure or update your address with Lawyers Helping Lawyers, e-mail or call (804) 644-3212. Lawyers Helping Lawyers offers confidential help for substance abuse problems and mental health issues. For more information, call the toll free number: (877) LHL-INVA or visit 36 VIRGINIA LAWYER | June/July 2013 | Vol. 62 NOTICE: Check Your MCLE Hours Online Now The Mandatory Continuing Legal Education compliance deadline is October 31, 2013. Go to to review your MCLE record. An Interim Report and information on new MCLE requirements will be mailed to all active members in July. Reminder: Of the 12.0 CLE hours required each year, 2.0 must be in ethics and 4.0 must be from live, interactive programs. If you have any questions, please contact the MCLE Department at (804) 775-0577 or

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