Involuntary commitment hearings; law students may represent petitioner without practicing attorney. (SB741)

Introduced By

Sen. Ken Cuccinelli (R-Fairfax) with support from co-patrons Del. Dave Albo (R-Springfield), Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria), and Sen. Patsy Ticer (D-Alexandria)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Involuntary commitment hearings; law students. Provides that it is not the unauthorized practice of law for a third-year law student enrolled at any law school in the Commonwealth to represent a petitioner in a commitment hearing for involuntary admission without the presence of a practicing attorney. The student must have completed coursework in evidence and trial advocacy and training. The student must inform the petitioner that he is not a licensed attorney, that he may not be compensated for his services, and that he can be held liable only for intentional malfeasance. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


10/23/2006Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/07 072149720
10/23/2006Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/15/2007Assigned Courts sub: Involuntary Commitment


Alison Hymes writes:

My comment here disappeared overnight?

Waldo Jaquith writes:

I've got no record of any comments being posted to this bill. There's your blog entry about it, your comment on HB2036, and your comment on SB763. Perhaps you're thinking of one of those?