Tradition of Excellence Award
The Virginia State Bar General Practice Section annually recognizes an outstanding lawyer who embodies the highest tradition of personal and professional excellence in Virginia. This special award recognizes attorneys who have devoted significant amounts of time, efforts, and/or funds to activities that benefit their community and help enhance the image and esteem of general practice attorneys in the Commonwealth. All candidates must be current members of the VSB in good standing, with a minimum of ten years of law practice, at least five of which must have been as a general practitioner.
The General Practice Section of the Virginia State Bar is seeking nominations for its 30th Annual Tradition of Excellence Award, which will be presented at the Virginia State Bar Annual Meeting in Virginia Beach on Saturday morning, June 17, 2017.
This award recognizes an outstanding lawyer who embodies the highest tradition of personal and professional excellence in Virginia and, in doing so, enhances the image and esteem of attorneys in the Commonwealth.
To qualify, nominees must be current members of the Virginia State Bar in good standing who have practiced for a minimum of ten years, five of which must be in general practice. Nominees also should have achieved both personal and professional distinction in their community.
Nominations must be submitted in writing to
VSB General Practice Section, c/o Catherine Huband
1111 East Main Street, Suite 700
Richmond, Virginia 23219-0026
and include the following information:
- Name, age, and address of nominee;
- Brief biographical information and photograph;
- Firm or employment affiliation for past ten years or more;
- Bar memberships;
- Courts where admitted to practice;
- Details of significant community activities and/or contributions;
- Details of significant activities and/or contributions that have helped to enhance the image and esteem of general practice attorneys in the Commonwealth;
- A brief statement explaining why the nominee should be awarded the Tradition of Excellence Award; and
- Any other information that may be of assistance to the selection committee.
Nominees may also be interviewed by the selection committee or a representative of the committee at any time after submission of the nomination.
The General Practice Section must receive your nomination by close of business on Monday, March 20, 2017.
Notification of Winner
The recipient of this year’s Tradition of Excellence Award will be determined on or before Monday, April 3, 2017. The recipient will be invited to be the honored guest of the General Practice Section at the VSB Annual Meeting.
1987 Philip M. Sadler
1988 J. Sloan Kuykendall
1989 Henry C.Clark
1990 Phillip S.Walker
1991 The Hon.James Keith
1992 C.Flippo Hicks
1993 Mary Ellen Kerr
1994 E.Wayne Sawyers
1995 Tommy P.Baer
1996* Carl C.Gillespie, Sr.
1997 Nicholas A.Spinella
1998 George M.Warren, Jr.
1999 Eric V. Zimmerman
2000 Ebb H. Williams III
2001 T. L. Plunkett, Jr.
2002 Alexander F. Dillard, Jr.
2003 Kenneth McFarlane Smith
2004 Robert E. Sevila
2005 Lawrence H. Hoover, Jr.
2006 Frank O. Brown Jr
2007 James C. Roberts
2008 Roger C. Wiley Jr.
2009 Hon. Marilyn C. Goss
2010 V.R. “Shack” Shackelford III
2011 James J. Knicely
2012 William L. Schmidt
2013 W. Joseph Owen III
2014 Stephen M. Quillen
2015 Robert “Robin” C. Wood III
2016 Hon. Denis F. Soden
*Mr. William C. Goforth was an honorary recipient of the award in 1996 for his outstanding years of service to the General Practice Section. The award was presented posthumously at the 1996 VSB Annual Meeting. For more information, call Catherine Huband at the Virginia State Bar at (804) 775-0514.