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Criminal Law

A Section of the Virginia State Bar.

Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Award

Nomination form (.pdf)

The Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Award was established in 1991 by the Section on Criminal Law of the Virginia State Bar to recognize an individual (judge, defense attorney, prosecutor, clerk or other citizen) who has made a singular and unique contribution to the improvement of the criminal justice system in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

The award is made in memory of the late Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia,  Harry L. Carrico,  who exemplifies the highest ideals and aspirations of professionalism.  Chief Justice Carrico was the first recipient of the award which was instituted at the 22nd Annual Criminal Law Seminar in February 1992.

Although the award will only be made from time to time at the discretion of the Board of Governors of the Criminal Law Section, the Board will invite nominations annually. Nominations will be reviewed by a selection committee consisting of former chairs of the section and Chief Justice Carrico.

Submission of Nomination

Please submit your nomination on the form below, describing specifically the manner in which your nominee meets the criteria established for the award.  If you prefer, nominations may be made by letter.

Nominations should be addressed to Joel Branscom, Chair, Criminal Law Section, and mailed to the Virginia State Bar Office:  1111 East Main Street, Suite 700 Richmond, VA 23219-3565.  Nominations must be received no later than December 5, 2014. Please be sure to include your name and the full name, address, and phone number of the nominee.

If you have questions about the nomination process, please call Elizabeth L. Keller, Assistant Executive Director for Bar Services, Virginia State Bar, at (804) 775-0516.

Prior recipients

Gerald T. Zerkin 2014
Claire G. Cardwell 2013
Melinda Douglas 2012
The Honorable Jere M.H. Willis, Jr.
2010
Prof. Ronald J. Bacigal
2008
Rodney G. Leffler
2007
The Honorable Paul B. Ebert
2006
Overton P. Pollard
2005
Richard Brydges
2004
Prof. Robert E. Shepherd Jr.
2003
Craig S. Cooley
2002
The Honorable Donald H. Kent
2001
The Honorable Paul F. Sheridan
2000
Dennis W. Dohnal, Esquire
1999
The Honorable Richard H. Poff
1998
Reno S. Harp III, Esquire
1997
The Honorable Robert F. Horan
1996
Oliver W. Hill Sr., Esquire
1995
James C. Roberts, Esquire
1993
The Honorable Harry L. Carrico
1992