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June 01, 2010

Children’s Advocate To Receive Award for Pro Bono Work

William B. Reichhardt, a Fairfax County lawyer whose practice and volunteer work focus on special education law, has been named the 2010 recipient of the Lewis F. Powell Jr. Pro Bono Award by the Virginia State Bar.

The award is bestowed by the VSB’s Committee on Access to Legal Services to recognize dedication to development and delivery of pro bono services that benefit poor and underserved persons in Virginia. The award is named for a U.S. Supreme Court associate justice from Richmond who throughout his career encouraged pro bono service by attorneys.

Reichhardt was nominated by Angela A. Ciolfi of JustChildren, a Legal Aid Justice Center program. “Bill’s contributions have been crucial to our efforts to expand the pool of qualified advocates for children in Virginia,” she wrote. “In addition to the substantial pro bono hours he has logged providing advice and consultation to low-income clients on a dizzying array of legal problems, he has dedicated innumerable hours of his time — sometimes on a moment’s notice — to mentor legal aid attorneys in the complex and dynamic field of special education law.”

Reichhardt hosts a blog, Holding the Torch — designed to help parents advocate for their children without lawyers, and to educate about policy issues that affect special education, children’s mental health services, and treatment of children in correctional facilities.

He wrote four chapters in the Juvenile Law and Practice Manual used by lawyers and judges across Virginia.

Reichhardt is the principal of the Law Offices of William B. Reichhardt & Associates, where he encourages his colleagues to take pro bono representations. With a master of education degree in counseling from the University of Virginia, he was a probation officer and director of a group home and a special education school for emotionally disturbed adolescent boys before he earned his law degree from George Mason University in 1983.

The award will be presented June 18 during the Virginia State Bar Annual Meeting in Virginia Beach.


Updated: Jun 01, 2010