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January 14, 2019

The Honorable M. Hannah Lauck to Receive the 2019 Professionalism Award

The Honorable M. Hannah Lauck will receive the 2019 Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Award from the VSB Criminal Law Section on February 8, 2019, at the Criminal Law Seminar in Williamsburg. The Carrico award was named for the former Supreme Court of Virginia chief justice who promoted the ideals of professionalism during his 42 years on the state’s highest court. 

In her nomination, Maria Jankowski wrote: “Most importantly, both on the bench and in the community, Judge Lauck leads by example. Her demeanor and manner in court sets a tone for what is expected of all parties. What she expects is that all parties be professional, well prepared and trustworthy. Judge Lauck ensures that what she expects of others she always demonstrates herself.”

In 2014, M. Hannah Lauck was unanimously confirmed by the Senate to serve as United States District Judge in the Richmond Division of the Eastern District of Virginia. She is the first woman to serve in this position. Prior to becoming a district judge, Judge Lauck had served as a United States Magistrate Judge since May of 2005.  She is a member of the Virginia and District of Columbia bars, and the Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference.  

Judge Lauck received her B.A. in Political Science from Wellesley College, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, in 1986. She received her J.D. in June 1991 from Yale Law School. After law school, she clerked for the Hon. James R. Spencer in the Richmond Division of the Eastern District of Virginia. Judge Lauck then worked in a Washington, D.C., law firm. In 1994, she began her ten-year tenure as an assistant U.S. attorney, prosecuting both civil and criminal cases. Before becoming a judge, Judge Lauck served as a supervising litigation attorney at the headquarters of Genworth Financial, Inc., a Fortune 500 company based in Richmond.

Judge Lauck taught at the University of Richmond School of Law as a John Marshall Professor of Judicial Studies from 2010 through 2013. She also taught the second-year lawyering skills program at the University of Richmond for ten years prior to that.  

In 2014, Judge Lauck received the Metropolitan Richmond Women Bar Association’s Woman of Achievement Award. In 2011, Judge Lauck was named one of Virginia’s Leaders in the Law.  

Judge Lauck formerly served as the President of the John Marshall American Inn of Court.  She has served on the boards of the Richmond Bar Association, Metropolitan Richmond Women’s Bar Association, District Four of the National Association of Women Judges, and St. Stephen’s Preschool. She currently serves on the Boards of the Federal Bar Association and Higher Achievement in Richmond.

Judge Lauck lives in Richmond with her husband and their two children.

Updated: Jan 14, 2019