Involuntary commitment hearing; certain requirement for 3rd yr. law student to represent petitioner. (SB825)

Introduced By

Sen. Ken Cuccinelli (R-Fairfax)


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 received training on involuntary commitment law. 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


12/11/2008Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/09 091407216
12/11/2008Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/13/2009Assigned Courts sub: Civil
01/27/2009Assigned Courts sub: Mental Health
02/04/2009Passed by indefinitely in Courts of Justice (8-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)