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June 01, 2006

Christy E. Kiely of Richmond Wins VSB Young Lawyer of the Year Award

Christy E. Kiely, an associate with Hunton & Williams in Richmond, will receive the 2006 R. Edwin Burnette Jr. Young Lawyer of the Year Award from the Virginia State Bar’s Young Lawyers Conference. Named for a Lynchburg general district judge who served as president of the Young Lawyers Conference and the VSB, the award recognizes dedicated service to the conference, the profession and the community. It will be presented during the VSB’s annual meeting June 15–18 in Virginia Beach.

Kiely has chaired several Young Lawyers Conference programs. She reorganized and reinvigorated the Students’ Day at the Capitol program, and she created a handbook to help future chairs. For several years, she chaired the committee that puts on the Admission & Orientation Ceremony, during which new lawyers are sworn in by the Supreme Court of Virginia.

This year Kiely also served as chair of the YLC’s Domestic Violence Safety Project Committee. The committee updated two pamphlets to reflect changes in the law, and translated the brochures into Spanish. Kiely then contacted hundreds of organizations around the state and received requests for nearly 200,000 brochures. Kiely also solicited feedback from domestic violence groups for use in planning future projects and educational events.

She also personally provided pro bono assistance to domestic violence victims through Hunton & Williams’s Women’s Advocacy Project, and to low-income individuals through Central Virginia Legal Aid. Each year since she began practicing, she has been recognized by her firm with the E. Randolph Williams Award for contributing more than 100 hours of direct pro bono service in a year.

Keily holds a bachelor’s degree from the College of William & Mary and a law degree from Duke University. She practices labor and employment law.

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 attorneys elected or appointed from every judicial circuit in the state.

Updated: Jun 01, 2006