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February 19, 2008

University of Richmond Professor Named Professionalism Award Winner by Virginia State Bar

Ronald J. Bacigal, University of Richmond law professor who is a much-consulted authority on criminal law in Virginia and a leading Fourth Amendment scholar, has received the 2008 Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Award from the Virginia State Bar’s Criminal Law Section.

The award was presented February 15, 2008, at the section’s Criminal Law Seminar in Williamsburg.

“There is no one in the Commonwealth who is called upon more frequently by lawyers, judges, and the media for questions relating to criminal law and procedure, and he has always been willing to dedicate his time to furthering the cause of an efficient and fair system of criminal justice,??? wrote Professor Robert E. Shepherd Jr., an emeritus professor of law at UR and a longtime member of the section Board of Governors.

Bacigal received a bachelor’s degree from Concord University and a law degree from Washington and Lee University. He was a Fulbright Scholar in international law at The Hague, Netherlands. He was a U.S. district court law clerk in Roanoke and an instructor in the U.S. Navy at the Judge Advocate General’s School in Rhode Island.

He joined the UR faculty in 1971. He teaches criminal law, criminal procedure, and evidence. He has produced many books and articles, including four principal texts used by attorneys and judges. He twice was recognized as a Distinguished Educator at the university. The State Council of Education gave him its Outstanding Faculty Award in 1990.

“Professor Bacigal has exhibited an unyielding commitment to quality and integrity, along with a dedication to the highest ideals of professionalism at the bench and bar in Virginia and elsewhere,??? Shepherd wrote.

The professionalism award is named for former Virginia Chief Justice Harry L. Carrico. It recognizes the highest ideals and aspirations of professionalism in the administration of justice in Virginia.

Updated: Feb 19, 2008