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May 30, 2006

Carolyn M. Grimes of Alexandria Wins Local Bar Leader of the Year Award for 2006

Attorney Carolyn M Grimes, immediate past president of the Alexandria County Bar Association, will receive the Virginia State Bar’s Local Bar Leader of the Year Award for 2006. The award, one of two bestowed this year by the VSB’s Conference of Local Bar Associations, recognizes dedication of local bar leaders who offer important service to the bench, bar and public and work closely with the Virginia State Bar. It will be presented during the VSB’s annual meeting June 15–18 in Virginia Beach.

Grimes became treasurer of the Alexandria Bar Association when it was experiencing a fiscal crisis. Her management led to better accounting methods, savings and sponsorships and revenue-producing continuing legal education programs that underwrote association program costs.

Under her leadership, the Alexandria Bar launched a “Beat the Odds??? program that helps children overcome academic and other obstacles and awards college scholarships and other grants. The program raised more than $14,000 last year to help in its mission.

Grimes also encourages Alexandria lawyers to do other pro bono service and report their good works to The Virginia Bar Association’s Community Service Program. She currently is president of Legal Services of Northern Virginia, and she regularly volunteers to represent LSNV clients pro bono on family law matters.

Grimes is “one of those rare individuals who can never say no, yet always follows through on her commitments — and then goes the extra mile,??? according to the nomination letter submitted by three Northern Virginia attorneys and a retired judge.

She practices family law with Lieblich & Grimes PC in Alexandria. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins University and a law degree from George Mason University.

The Virginia State Bar is the government agency that regulates the legal profession. It is an administrative agency of the Supreme Court of Virginia. It is supported through the licensing dues paid by all Virginia lawyers, and it is governed by a council of lawyers elected or appointed from every judicial circuit in Virginia.

Updated: May 30, 2006