Virginia State Bar

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Pro Bono / Access to Legal Services

A Mission of the Virginia State Bar.

Virginia Legal Aid Award

Since 1992 at the Virginia State Bar’s Annual Meeting in Virginia Beach, an outstanding legal aid attorney has received the Virginia Legal Aid Award. Established by the bar’s Special Committee on Access to Legal Services, the award is presented at a luncheon for interested members of the legal aid and pro bono communities.

Past recipients have included program directors Henry L. Woodward, Henry W. McLaughlin III, Dale W. Pittman, John E. Whitfield, Alex R. Gulotta, William L. Botts III, James W. Speer, and Larry T. Harley. Attorneys Martin D. Wegbreit, Randi H. Blumenson, Steven L. Myers, Marilynn C. Goss, Mary C. Bauer, David D. Beidler, Renae R. Patrick, Nancy J. Glickman, Jill A. Hanken, Andrew K. Block Jr., Freddie L. Goode, Kathryn L. Pryor, Abigail Turner, R. Peyton Whiteley, John Rellick, Christine E. Marra, and Jeremy White have also been honored. Simon Sandoval-Moshenberg received the award in 2016. This year’s event is scheduled for Friday, June 16, 2017.

While there is no official form to complete, the Access Committee asks that nominations be in writing and include a description of how the nominee exhibits the following qualities in his or her work:

  • Innovation and creativity in advocacy;
  • Experience and excellence in service;
  • Impact beyond his or her own program’s service area.

The nominee must be a member of the Virginia State Bar and an employee of a legal aid society licensed by the VSB to operate in Virginia.

The deadline for bar receipt of nominations and all supporting material is 5 p.m. Friday, March 24, 2017. Please submit all nominations to Access to Legal Services Committee, c/o Karl A. Doss, Virginia State Bar, 111 East Main Street, Suite 700, Richmond, Virginia 23219-0026. Direct questions to (804) 775-0522, Fax at (804) 775-0501, or e-mail

Past Recipients