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May 29, 2009

Virginia’s First Lady to Receive Family Law Service Award


Virginia First Lady Anne B. Holton, a former juvenile and domestic relations district judge in Richmond, has been named the 2009 recipient of the Family Law Service Award presented by the Virginia State Bar’s Family Law Section.

The award recognizes people and organizations that have improved family, domestic relations, or juvenile law in Virginia. It will be presented June 19, 2009, at the bar’s annual meeting in Virginia Beach.

Holton’s career began with 10 years as a legal aid lawyer representing low-income families. She was appointed to a judgeship in 1998.

Angela Edwards Roberts, chief judge of the Richmond J&DR Court, outlined Holton’s accomplishments in a letter supporting the nomination: Holton co-founded and chaired the court’s Millennium Team, a multi-agency task force to improve the court processing of abuse, neglect, and foster care cases.

Her experience with these issues continues in her role as First Lady. She launched the For Keeps initiative, which helps strengthen permanent family connections for youth who are in foster care or at risk of entering the child welfare system. For Keeps also improves the legal system’s role in the foster care process.

“Whether serving as a gifted legal aid lawyer, respected jurist, or a First Lady providing a platform for foster care youth whose issues may not otherwise be heard, she is thorough, technically adept, and compassionate in all she does,” Roberts wrote.

“Anne’s contributions and passion push lawyers in the family law arena, in this community and across the state, to be better.”

Holton holds degrees from Princeton University and Harvard Law School.

Updated: May 29, 2009