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February 16, 2021

Call for Nominations for Legal Aid and Law Student Pro Bono Awards

The Virginia State Bar’s Standing Committee on Access to Legal Services is seeking nominations for two longstanding awards that recognize a legal aid lawyer and a law student for exemplary pro bono service. Nominations are due by April 9, 2021.

Since 1992, an outstanding legal aid attorney has received the Virginia Legal Aid Award. The award is traditionally presented at the Legal Aid luncheon at the VSB Annual Meeting.

Marcellinus Slag received the award in 2020. 

The Oliver White Hill Law Student Pro Bono Award was inaugurated by the Bar in 2002, and honors extraordinary law student achievement in pro bono and access to justice work. Emily Lopynski, a University of Richmond Law student, won the award in 2020.

Presentation of the award is reserved for extraordinary achievements of outstanding students. The Access Committee will annually review nominations to determine if there should be a designee. 

The deadline for nominations is 5 p.m. Friday, April 9, 2021. Please submit all nominations to Access to Legal Services Committee, c/o Crista Gantz, Virginia State Bar, 1111 East Main Street, Suite 700, Richmond, Virginia 23219-0026. Direct questions to Crista at (804) 775-0522, or e-mail


Updated: Mar 31, 2021 to change the deadline from April 2 to April 9.

Posted: Feb 16, 2021

Updated: Mar 31, 2021