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February 11, 2013

Claire Cardwell Presented with Carrico Professionalism Award

The Virginia State Bar Criminal Law Section has presented its 2013 Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Award to Claire G. Cardwell of Richmond. (Shown, left, with Ronald J. Bacigal)Cardwell and Bacigal photo 2013

The award was presented on February 1, 2013, during the section’s 43rd Annual Criminal Law Seminar in Charlottesville. The award was named for the former Virginia Supreme Court chief justice who promoted the ideals of professionalism during his forty-two years on the state’s highest court.

Ms. Cardwell earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and her law degree from the University of Richmond. She began her career in 1984 and in 1989 opened her own practice focusing on criminal defense and civil litigation in federal and state courts. In 1994 Ms. Cardwell became chief deputy commonwealth’s attorney in Richmond. She later served as acting capital defender for the Central Region Indigent Defense Commission. She has been an adjunct professor of law at the University of Richmond since 1989. She is on the board of governors of the VSB Criminal Law Section and the board of directors of the Virginia Capital Representation Resource Center and is also on the board of directors of Housing Opportunities Made Equal, Richmond chapter. She has appeared as a lecturer, panelist, and instructor at a large number of venues.

Ms. Cardwell has received many awards and honors. She is a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and a recipient of the Richmond Criminal Bar Association’s Craig Cooley Award for professionalism in the practice of law and the Metropolitan Richmond Women’s Bar Association’s Women’s Achievement Award. She is a substitute judge for the 14th Judicial District of Virginia.

In his letter nominating Ms. Cardwell for the award, Ronald J. Bacigal, professor of law at the University of Richmond, noted that “she has served as a mentor and model for many young women entering the legal profession. … I know of no one who has set a better example for women considering criminal practice.”

Updated: Feb 11, 2013