April 30, 2013
Tappahannock Attorney Named Legal Aid Award Winner
John R. Rellick, managing attorney for the Tappahannock branch office of Rappahannock Legal Services, has been selected as the recipient of the 2013 Virginia Legal Aid Award by the Virginia State Bar’s Access to Legal Services Committee.
The award recognizes lawyers employed by legal aid societies licensed by the VSB. Recipients are chosen for their advocacy, quality of service, and impact beyond their service area.
Rellick has been the managing attorney of the office since 1984. The office serves the civil legal needs of seven rural Virginia counties of Westmoreland, Richmond, Northumberland, Lancaster, Essex, King & Queen, and King William.
In nominating Rellick, Ann H. Kloeckner, executive director of RLS, wrote, “John is the glue that holds our office together. He is the generous mentor to other attorneys, both in RLS and throughout the legal services community in Virginia, actively participating in listservs with helpful insights. He is a sensitive advocate, a manager with a light touch, and not afraid to speak up when any injustice is apparent. He enjoys an enviable reputation among all who know him as a compassionate, principled advocate. He is the model all other legal services advocates would do well to emulate.”
William L. Botts III, former RLS executive director, wrote, “John has defined his managing attorney position to encompass service to clients, service to the community and service to RLS. John is known for treating clients with utmost respect and for his patient, caring, and kind nature. … While he is very thorough, methodical, and analytical and gives a lot of time and thought to each client’s case, he is also very productive. Over the years he has routinely had the highest or second highest number of cases closed each year.”
Rellick has a B.A. from Bucknell University and a J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law.
The award will be presented during the Virginia State Bar Annual Meeting June 13-16 in Virginia Beach.
Updated: May 01, 2013