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May 17, 2007

Roanoke Attorney Steven L. Higgs Named Virginia’s Local Bar Leader of the Year



Steven L. Higgs, last year’s president of the Roanoke Bar Association, has been named Local Bar Leader of the Year by the Virginia State Bar’s Conference of Local Bar Associations.

The award recognizes lawyers who have served the bench, bar and public through their bar associations.

Higgs has been a member of the Roanoke Bar Association for more than twenty years.  Under his leadership, the RBA instituted numerous changes that resulted in more programs and more recognition of RBA members.  He formed a service committee that coordinates the association’s community services projects, which include the Barrister Book Buddies, Youth Court, Wills for Heroes and Senior Citizen’s Law Day.  He expanded RBA members’ access to free or low-cost continuing legal education programs.  He also led the RBA to become a certifying organization for the President’s Volunteer Service Award, given on behalf of the President of the United States. In addition to granting service awards, the RBA established the Frank W. “Bo??? Rogers Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award and a Young Lawyer of the Year Award.  The awards were presented in 2006 at the first annual RBA Foundation Gala and Law Day Celebration, where scholarships for future lawyers also were awarded.

Higgs is a frequent teacher for continuing legal education programs, and is current chair of the Roanoke Bar Association Foundation.

In his community, Higgs is a past president of the Blue Ridge Zoological Society of Virginia Inc. and chair of Roanoke’s Mill Mountain Advisory Committee.  He is an assistant scoutmaster for a local Boy Scout troop, he volunteers with Girl Scouts and he has coached soccer for the past ten years. He received the President’s Volunteer Service Gold Award for community service in 2004, 2006 and 2007.  

Mark K. Cathey, president-elect of the RBA, nominated Higgs for the VSB Local Bar Leader of the Year Award.  “Steve is one of Roanoke’s finest citizens and leaders.  His presidency was about the idea that lawyers are often our foremost community servants.… It is hard to imagine a bar leader with a more lasting legacy,??? Cathey wrote.

Higgs started his own solo practice, The Higgs Law Firm, while he was president-elect of the RBA.  He received an undergraduate degree from Washington and Lee University in 1980 and a law degree from the University of Richmond in 1983.

Updated: May 17, 2007