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A Conference of the Virginia State Bar.

Conference News and Information

June 1, 2011

Fredericksburg Attorney Named Local Bar Leader of 2011

Tracy Ann Houck, a lifelong Fredericksburg resident who reenergized the Fredericksburg Bar Association for the benefit of local attorneys and the community, has been named a Local Bar Leader of the Year by the Virginia State Bar’s Conference of Local Bar Associations.

The award recognizes continued dedication of bar leaders and close cooperation with the VSB. Houck’s recognition is one of two bestowed by the conference in 2011.

Houck has a civil litigation practice with Parrish, Houck & Snead PLC in Fredericksburg. “In 2006, while President of the Fredericksburg Area Bar Association, she was the instrumental force in regaining the vitality, interest and membership of the Bar Association, and continues to be actively involved,” according to her nomination from the association.

Houck also is involved with the legal community statewide, through many groups. She cochairs the annual Solo and Small Firm Conference for the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association and served a three-year term on the faculty of the Virginia State Bar’s Mandatory Professionalism Course. She is a member of the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit Bar Association (for which she was president in 2000), the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys, the Virginia Joint Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, and Phi Delta Phi, a fraternity that promotes a high standard of legal ethics.

She also is on the executive committee of Friends of the Rappahannock, which maintains and preserves the Rappahannock River and its tributaries.

Houck holds a bachelor’s degree from the College of William and Mary, a Publishing Institute degree from the University of Denver, and a law degree from the University of Richmond. She taught English in Tokyo for two years, and was a copy editor, editor, and technical writer in New York for several years. After law school, she worked as a law editor for the Michie Company in Charlottesville.

“Throughout Tracy’s career, she has promoted the legal profession with total dedication, full commitment, integrity, and complete devotion. She continues to be a role model for women attorneys,” according to the nomination letter. “Tracy strives for professionalism and is a motivating influence to those around her.”

The Local Bar Leader of the Year Awards will be presented on June 17 during the VSB’s annual meeting in Virginia Beach.