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July 18, 2018

Call for Nominations: Lewis F. Powell Jr. Pro Bono Award

The Lewis F. Powell Jr. Pro Bono Award was established by the Special Committee on Access to Legal Services of the Virginia State Bar to honor those attorneys and attorney groups that have made outstanding pro bono contributions. The Access Committee annually reviews all nominations and decides upon the recipient. The deadline for receipt of nominations is Friday, August 17, 2018. The award will be presented at a ceremony during the Virginia Pro Bono and Legal Aid Conference, Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at the Waterside Marriott in Norfolk, Virginia.

The recipient of the award must meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated dedication to the development and delivery of pro bono legal services in the Commonwealth of Virginia;
  • Contributed significantly toward the development of innovative approaches to the delivery of volunteer legal services;
  • Participated in an activity that resulted in satisfying previously unmet needs for legal services or in extending services to underserved segments of the population;
  • Successfully handled pro bono cases that favorably affected the provision of other services to the poor in Virginia;
  • Successfully supported legislation that contributed substantially to providing legal services to the poor; or
  • Devoted significant time to furthering the delivery of legal services to the poor in Virginia by handling pro bono matters or providing training or recruiting volunteer attorneys for pro bono programs.

The nominee must be a member of the Virginia State Bar or an organization or group comprising such persons. Law firms, corporate legal departments, nonprofit legal services organizations are no longer eligible for this award (Cf.,  Frankie Muse Freeman Organizational Pro Bono Award) and persons whose livelihood is derived from delivering legal services to the poor are also not eligible. Please submit your nomination, describing how the nominee meets the above criteria, in writing, including endorsements and any other supporting material, to the Virginia State Bar Access to Legal Services Committee, c/o Crista L. Gantz, 1111 East Main Street, Suite 700, Richmond, Virginia 23219-0026 (or e-mail nominations and supporting documents to ). Nominations must be received by 5:00 pm, Friday, August 17, 2018. There is no official entry form to complete.  Please be sure to include your name, the name and address of the nominee and phone numbers with your nomination. For more information, please contact Crista L. Gantz, Access to Legal Services Director, (804) 775-0522

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Updated: Aug 09, 2018