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June 02, 2020

Shemeka C. Hankins Receives Local Bar Leader of the Year Award

Shemeka C. Hankins of Hampton Roads, the associate attorney at Invictus Law, has received the Conference of Local and Specialty Bar Associations’ (CLSBA) Local Bar Leader of the Year Award that honors a bar leader who “offers important service to the bench, bar, and public.”

In her nomination, Jamilah D. LeCruise, 2020 Young Lawyer of the Year Award recipient, noted that Hankins is a member and Immediate Past President of the South Hampton Roads Bar Association and serves as an executive committee member for the Virginia Women Attorneys Association.

Said LeCruise, “Shemeka is a role model to countless law students and young lawyers. She enjoys watching them grow and become members of the profession she loves so much.”

Hankins’ support of the community includes hosting the SHRBA Annual Judges Panel in May 2019 and moderating a So You’re 18 program at Heritage High School, where she was a teacher prior to starting her legal career.

According to LeCruise, many of the student attendees had never met lawyers or had the opportunity to ask legal questions in a safe space.

Hankins was a prosecutor for over six years with the Norfolk Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, where she advocated for help for defendants suffering from mental health issues. She has received specialized training in the areas of domestic violence, driving under the influence, and narcotics. She has moderated and organized numerous panels, roundtables, and presentations to the benefit of her bar, alma mater, and community.

Hankins graduated from Regent University School of Law in Virginia Beach in 2011, and retains strong ties to the College of William & Mary, from which she graduated in 2004. 

The Conference of Local and Specialty Bar Associations will present the Local Bar Leader of the Year Award at the South Hampton Roads Bar Association’s next in-person meeting.

Updated: Jun 02, 2020