New President of Virginia State Bar

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An accomplished attorney, Bradford Jacob serves as the president of EPC Consulting, where he specializes in energy and construction issues. Recognized for his work in high-level cases, Bradford Jacob is admitted to practice in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and the Supreme Court.

A longtime supporter of the Virginia legal community, Bradford Jacob has maintained membership in the Virginia State Bar for more than two decades. During its annual conference in June of 2017, the Virginia State Bar saw Doris Henderson Causey assume the role of president for the 2017-18 organizational year.

With a background in civil, family, and poverty law, Causey serves with the Central Virginia Legal Aid Society in her current role as its managing director. As president of the Virginia State Bar, she will be responsible for leading the organization’s legislative and advocacy efforts on behalf of its membership.

Virginia State Bar Urges Lawyers to Avoid Email/Wire Fraud Scams

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In addition to serving as president of EPC Consulting, LLC, where he provides energy industry and construction consulting, Bradford Jacob is an accomplished litigator admitted to practice in several high-profile courts, including the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court. Bradford Jacob has been a member of the Virginia State Bar for nearly 25 years.

The Virginia State Bar recently issued a renewed call to vigilance for real estate attorneys in the wake of continued email scams that can lead to compromised bank funds through wire fraud. In some cases, lawyers have had their entire bank accounts wiped out through these scams, which is doubly problematic for lawyers who have a large amount of retainer funds in their bank accounts. In some cases in North Carolina, lawyers were required to spend upwards of six figures reimbursing their clients.

Attorneys in Virginia bear a responsibility to remain aware of the risks of using technology and take the appropriate precautions to prevent client information and funds from being accessed by outside parties. The Bar’s professional conduct standards also call for attorneys to routinely train staff on these matters in order to remain informed about the latest scams and how to avoid them.

Virginia State Bar’s 2017 TECHSHOW

 

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A graduate of the University of Richmond School of Law in Virginia, Bradford Jacob serves as president of EPC Consulting. Bradford Jacob belongs to the Virginia State Bar (VSB), which recently held its VSB TECHSHOW.

On Monday, April 24, 2017, members of the VSB came together at the Greater Richmond Convention Center for the VSB TECHSHOW. The 2017 event featured Cleo E. Powell, a Virginia Supreme Court justice, and several speakers from the American Bar Association TECHSHOW.

Attendees heard sessions on a variety of topics, including Ethics: Practical Budget-Friendly Cybersecurity at Warp Speed, which was delivered by Sharon Nelson and John Simek, president and vice president of Sensei Enterprises, respectively. Continuing along the lines of ethics, the event also included a session titled Avoiding Ethical Missteps in the Digital Era, by Reid Trautz of the American Immigration Lawyers Association in Washington, DC.

Other sessions included Time/Billing/Accounting Software: Everything Lawyers Need to Know, by Britt Lorish of Affinity Consulting Group, and Macs in Law: The Year Behind and the Year Ahead, by Tom Mighell. Attendees were eligible for up to seven CLE credits and three Ethics credits.

Virginia State Bar Launches Free Website

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The president of EPC Consulting LLC, Virginia attorney Bradford Jacob provides contractual advisory services to industries in the construction and energy sector. A lawyer with more than 20 years of experience, Bradford Jacob is a member of the Virginia State Bar (VSB).

VSB recently announced the establishment of Virginia.freelegalanswers.org/. The site is part of the Virginia State Bar’s initiative to offer free online legal assistance to low-income Virginia residents. The site is accessible to Virginia residents with annual incomes of about $29,000 or less.

Potential clients are required to first log in to the site where they will be screened to determine whether they fall within the income requirements. Once cleared, users can post questions on civil legal issues. Users will be allowed to post a maximum of three legal questions a year. Questioners can even attach photos and documents to help lawyers better understand the issues pertaining to their situation.

The questions will be categorized depending on the specific area they cover, for example, family law or personal injury law. Lawyers will then preview the questions and select the ones they wish to answer. A lawyer may post an answer immediately or request additional information from the user before answering. Once a question is answered, the lawyer will close the conversation. Users will then be given the opportunity to provide feedback on their satisfaction with the services offered.