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May 19, 2022

Honorable Donald W. Lemons Receives 2022 Carrico Outstanding Career Service Award

The Judicial Council of Virginia has named the Honorable Donald W. Lemons, Senior Justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia, as the recipient of the 2022 Harry L. Carrico Outstanding Career Service Award.

The Carrico Outstanding Career Service Award is presented annually by the Judicial Council to a Virginia judge who, over an extended career, has demonstrated exceptional leadership in the administration of the courts while exhibiting the traits of integrity, courtesy, impartiality, wisdom, and humility.

Senior Justice Lemons was Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia from 2015 to 2021, and has served on Virginia's highest court since 2000. He was nominated for the award by Justice D. Arthur Kelsey.

The award was presented to Justice Lemons on May 12, 2022 at the annual meeting of the Judicial Conference of Virginia. The Judicial Conference is responsible for studying the organization, rules, and methods of procedure and practice of the Commonwealth's judicial system.

Justice Lemons, who began his career as a probation officer, also received the Virginia State Bar's Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Award from the Criminal Law Section in 2022, which will be presented to him at the VSB Council dinner on June 15 in Virginia Beach.

Updated: May 20, 2022