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May 30, 2006

George W. Dodge of Arlington Wins Local Bar Leader of the Year Award for 2006

Attorney George W. Dodge of the Arlington County Bar Association will receive the Virginia State Bar’s Local Bar Leader of the Year Award for 2006. The award, one of two bestowed this year by the VSB’s Conference of Local Bar Associations, recognizes dedication of local bar leaders who offer important service to the bench, bar and public and who work closely with the Virginia State Bar. It will be presented during the VSB’s annual meeting June 15–18 in Virginia Beach.

Dodge reinvigorated the Arlington Bar Association during his presidency in 2003–2004, and has continued his efforts since. In order to increase attendance, he brought luncheon meetings to the Arlington courthouse where many lawyers work. To draw members to dinner meetings, Dodge invited celebrity speakers, such as Kirk Bloodsworth, one of the first people exonerated by post-conviction DNA evidence; USA Today sports columnist Christine Brennan; Virginia senior Justice Charles S. Russell; and Leslie Dodson, a foster mother of a child returned to an abusive family and subsequently murdered.

Dodge involved judges in his bar functions and renewed the association’s role in providing continuing legal education courses. He invited young lawyers to “President’s Luncheons,??? at his own expense, to encourage them to become involved. His efforts led to a display case installed in the courthouse lobby, where memorabilia of Arlington’s legal community are exhibited.

Dodge is currently president of the Arlington Historical Society. His book, Historic Images of Arlington National Cemetery, will be published in the fall.

In December 2005, Dodge helped moderate and wrote the outline for Chief Justice Leroy R. Hassell Sr.’s conference, “Reforming the Involuntary Commitment Process: A Multidisciplinary Effort.???

Dodge’s solo practice focuses on estates, guardianship and elder law. He holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Richmond and a law degree and a master’s degree in history from George Mason University.

Arlington Bar members who nominated Dodge wrote: “Motivated by a rare personal dedication, George’s contributions to the bar far exceed the norm. Fortunately his commitment combines with unique creativity and social skills to generate novel approaches which have transformed and recharged the Arlington Bar.???

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 lawyers elected or appointed from every judicial circuit in Virginia.

Updated: May 30, 2006