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May 31, 2006

Frank Overton Brown Jr. of Richmond Wins the VSB’s 2006 Tradition of Excellence Award

Frank Overton Brown Jr., a Richmond lawyer for three decades, is the 19th recipient of the Tradition of Excellence Award, presented annually by the Virginia State Bar’s General Practice Section. The award will be presented during the VSB’s Annual Meeting June 15-18 in Virginia Beach.

The award recognizes a Virginia attorney who has dedicated time and effort to activities that assist the community while improving the standing and image of general practice attorneys in the eyes of the public.

Brown was a founder and the first chair of the VSB Senior Lawyers Conference, which undertakes projects to help lawyers age 55 and older pass on their experience to younger lawyers, and to help society in general — particularly senior citizens. He continues to serve as newsletter editor for the conference.

Five years ago, Brown began a crusade to teach lawyers the importance of preparing for the orderly handling of their practices should they die or become disabled. From Abingdon to McLean to Williamsburg, Brown has stumped the state at his own expense with the message that good planning protects clients and the lawyer’s own estate.

He was nominated for the Tradition of Excellence award by William T. Wilson, current chair of the Senior Lawyers Conference. “Frank is the backbone of the Senior Lawyers Conference and makes sure that the organization works as it should,??? Wilson wrote. “Frank is a person of high integrity and is a shining example to us all as to what civility and professionalism ought to be.???

Brown was admitted to the Virginia bar in 1976, after receiving bachelor’s, master’s and law degrees from the University of Richmond. His practice concentrates on trust and estate matters. He has served as a commissioner in chancery for the Richmond Circuit Court, and he is author of Virginia Probate Handbook. He has chaired the Henrico County Strategic Plan Team, Planning Commission and Mental Health and Mental Retardation Services Board. He also has served on the boards of the Capital Area Agency on Aging and Housing Opportunities Made Equal, and has been an adjunct professor at the University of Richmond law school.

The Virginia State Bar is the government agency that regulates the legal profession. It is an administrative agency of the Supreme Court of Virginia. It is supported through the licensing dues paid by all Virginia lawyers, and it is governed by a council of attorneys elected or appointed from every judicial circuit in the state.

Updated: May 31, 2006