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May 26, 2011

Fairfax Attorney Named Young Lawyer of the Year


The Virginia State Bar Young Lawyers Conference will present its 2011 R. Edwin Burnette Jr. Young Lawyer of the Year Award to Joanna L. Faust of Fairfax.

The award recognizes young lawyers who demonstrate dedicated service to the conference, the legal profession, and the community. It will be presented on June 17, 2011, at the Virginia State Bar Annual Meeting in Virginia Beach.

From her licensure as a Virginia lawyer in 2006, Faust not only practiced commercial litigation— first with LeClairRyan in Alexandria and now with Cameron/McEvoy PLLC in Fairfax — but also served the Young Lawyers Conference and the Fairfax community through her local bar associations.

A former technical writer who produced how-to manuals for computer use, Faust served for the past two years as the committee chair for the YLC’s Docket Call newsletter. In nominating her for the award, Nathan J. Olson stated, “It is my experience that she does most (if not all) of the work on her own and has worked to expand the scope of the publication to include several new sections,” including “Bankruptcy Bullets” and “A Day in the Life Of” features.  She led the publication from producing print-only issues to a combination of print and electronic editions. She also helped plan legal education programs for the YLC.

Meanwhile, she provided pro bono representation to several divorce clients through the Fairfax Bar Association. She works to educate children about the law by speaking at a local school and participating in the county’s annual Chocolate Lover’s Festival, during which the local courts sponsor a mock trial and a “Do You Think You’re Smarter than a Lawyer?” competition. For the Alexandria Bar Association, she led a canned goods collection and served on the board.

Faust holds an undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary and a law degree from George Mason University, where she since has been a guest lecturer for the Virginia Remedies course. She was raised in Fairfax County.

Updated: May 26, 2011