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October 18, 2018

“We Are All in this Together”: Pro Bono Awards Celebration Honors Volunteer Legal Service

Eve Runyon’s appreciation for lawyers providing pro bono legal services started before she was born.

The CEO and president of the Pro Bono Institute was born to a black mother and a white father who married in August of 1967 – two months after Loving v. Virginia overturned a ban on interracial marriage. That case was litigated by lawyers working pro bono for the ACLU, and Runyon wouldn’t be here without their efforts. 

She spoke about her commitment to that legacy at the 2018 Pro Bono Awards dinner and celebration on October 17, honoring Virginia lawyers’ extraordinary contributions to pro bono legal services in their communities. 

Andy Nea of Williams Mullen was awarded the Lewis F. Powell Jr. Pro Bono Award for his dedicated years of service at the firm – and in his retirement. And the Prince William County Bar Association received the Frankie Muse Freeman Organizational Pro Bono Award. 

Brad Marshall, the 2017 president, accepted the award on behalf of the association, lauding members’ dedication to the bar’s many pro bono and low-bono programs. Nea spoke of finding success developing clinics and opportunities for lawyers to simply and comfortably volunteer their expertise. 

Over 200 attendees, including several members of the judiciary and the executive directors of various Virginia legal aid organizations, attended the dinner at the Waterside Marriott in Norfolk. The Virginia Poverty Law Center co-sponsored the evening, which followed a day of legal aid-related seminars and CLEs.

The Virginia State Bar’s Access to Legal Services Committee organizes the annual dinner.

“No matter how diverse the stories, we are united around principles of due process, equal access, and justice for all,” said Runyon. “We are all in this together, and though our challenges may be great, the efforts of our collective are cause for celebration.”

Top photo: Members of the Prince William County Bar Association accept the Frankie Muse Freeman Award. More photos in the album below. 

Pro Bono Awards 2018

Updated: Oct 22, 2018