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April 30, 2019

Michael HuYoung Receives 2019 Dunnaville Award

Michael HuYoung of Barnes & Diehl in Richmond has been chosen as the Virginia State Bar Diversity Conference’s 2019 Clarence M. Dunnaville Jr. Achievement Award recipient.  

The award, named after notable civil rights lawyer Clarence Dunnaville, honors a Virginia lawyer “for setting an example that fellow members can emulate to meet the conference’s goal of fostering, encouraging, and facilitating diversity and inclusion in the bar, the judiciary, and the legal profession.”

HuYoung was one of the founding members of the VSB’s Diversity Task Force, the group that laid the groundwork that eventually established the Diversity Conference.  A former chair of the Diversity Conference, he continues to support and lead the Diversity Conference, serving on its Board of Governors for two terms, and helping to create the Law Student Mentor/Mentee program at the VSB Annual Meeting. HuYoung continues to promote the mission of the Diversity Conference and is a leader and mentor for diversity and inclusion within the Virginia’s legal profession and the public it serves.    

In her nomination, Carole Capsalis of Turner & Kinney in Leesburg said, “Throughout his legal career, Michael has devoted his time, energy and leadership to make significant, demonstrable, and outstanding contributions to fostering, encouraging, and facilitating diversity and inclusion in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Michael’s herculean efforts shepherded the new conference through the unchartered waters of an unfunded conference.

HuYoung has served on many boards and given much time to pro bono work in addition to teaching continuing education courses and authoring articles emphasizing the importance of diversity in the legal profession. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia and the University of Richmond School of Law.

HuYoung will be presented with the award at the VSB Annual Meeting on Friday, June 14 in Virginia Beach.

Updated: Apr 30, 2019