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July 7, 2008

Former Virginia State Bar President Is Local Bar Leader of the Year


Jeannie P. Dahnk, a Fredericksburg lawyer, has been named 2008 Local Bar Leader of the Year by the Virginia State Bar Conference of Local Bar Associations.

Dahnk was president of the VSB for the 2003–04 fiscal year and has served it in many ways since. But it was also her participation in the Fredericksburg Area Bar Association that led the association to nominate her for the Local Bar Leader Award, which recognizes dedication of bar leaders and close cooperation with the VSB. The award was presented June 20 during the VSB Annual Meeting in Virginia Beach.

In its nomination letter, the association credited Dahnk for establishing an executive director position to promote the association’s community involvement, enhance membership, and reunite bar members. While Dahnk was president of the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit Bar Association, she and her husband and law partner, William E. Glover, taught an ethics seminar as part of an overnight social gathering at the Tides Inn in Irvington.

She has arranged for guest speakers from around the state to address luncheon meetings of the Fredericksburg Area Bar. She has spoken at local schools for Law Day programs and participated in mock trials. And she mentors lawyers. “She is always available to a lawyer who is anxious about an ethical issue or a practice problem. Her counsel is often sought by candidates for judicial appointments,” the bar association letter states.

Dahnk currently travels the state to present “The Devil Wore Green,” a seminar about lawyer trust accounting. Dahnk developed the seminar with the ethics staff of the VSB. Recently, Dahnk also has been writing and speaking to groups about her opposition to mandatory legal malpractice insurance — a proposal under consideration by the VSB.

She practices insurance defense with Glover & Dahnk . She and Glover have two sons.

“Jeannie Dahnk strives for professionalism and is a motivating influence to those around her,” the bar wrote. “[H]er charisma and charm make her one of many strong, powerful, influential women that others admire and respect.”