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May 14, 2019

Nicolle Vasquez Del Favero Receives 2019 Young Lawyer of the Year Award

The Virginia State Bar Young Lawyers Conference has named Nicolle Vasquez Del Favero this year’s R. Edwin Burnette Jr. Young Lawyer of the Year

The award recognizes young lawyers who demonstrate dedicated service to the conference, the legal profession, and the community. It will be presented at the Virginia State Bar Annual Meeting in Virginia Beach in June.

Vasquez, an assistant attorney with Military Sealift Command under the Office of General Counsel for the Department of the Navy, is an active member of the Military Spouse Juris Doctor Network and has served on its nominating and pro bono committees, as well as helped with state bar rule change efforts regarding military spouse provisional admission policies. In her work with the pro bono committee, Vasquez assists surviving spouses of service members by providing legal referrals to attorneys based on their individualized needs. 

“While most attorneys in the legal profession treat pro bono as just an aspirational goal, Nicolle actively works toward this goal,” writes Milena Radovic in her nomination of Vasquez. 

Vasquez is also a member of the Virginia State Bar's Young Leaders Conference and serves as the committee co-chair of the Wills for Heroes program, where local attorneys provide basic estate planning documents at no cost to first responders and their spouses. As co-chair, Vasquez worked with her committee to coordinate with first responders across Hampton Roads, planned informational estate planning sessions, and recruited volunteer attorneys from the legal community to participate in the event

“Nicolle's passion and commitment to pro bono and public service predates her admission to the bar,” writes Radovic. During law school, Vasquez was a civil advocate for Northeastern University School of Law's Domestic Violence Institute, where she counseled and appeared with victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in Dorchester District Court. She was also a legal intern for Domestic Violence Ended, Inc., and, during her last semester of law school, she served as legal extern for the Greater Boston Legal Services.

Vasquez’s commitment to public service resulted in her being one of 25 legal fellows from across the nation chosen to pursue public interest law during a two-year Skadden Fellowship. As a Skadden Fellow, Vasquez served as a staff attorney at the Domestic Violence Action Center in Hawaii, representing victims of domestic violence affiliated with the military in restraining order, divorce, and paternity cases. 

Vasquez is also an active member of the Hampton Roads community. The Urban Renewal Center of Norfolk awarded her the Lead Like King Award as one of four community members who demonstrates outstanding leadership qualities reflective of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Vasquez served as a tutor at Jacox Elementary School in Norfolk during the 2017 school year,  and is an active member of First Presbyterian Church of Norfolk, serving as a welcome desk greeter each month. She also serves on the board of directors for the Military Spouse Advocacy Network and as the leadership initiatives director for the Junior League of Norfolk­Virginia Beach. 

Through the Junior League, Vasquez coordinated over 30 training events for League members throughout the 2018-2019 year and aided in the planning and implementation of the inaugural Little Black Dress Initiative promoting awareness around the importance of menstrual health and feminine hygiene. She also organized Project Makeover Hampton Roads, coordinating three local organizations and over 300 volunteers to facilitate a school makeover over one weekend for Jacox Elementary School in Norfolk. 

The Young Lawyers Conference will present the award to Vasquez at a Friday, June 14, luncheon in Virginia Beach as part of the VSB Annual Meeting

Updated: May 14, 2019