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January 26, 2012

Pro Bono Ceremony Travels to Historic Petersburg

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View the 2012 Pro Bono Award Ceremony Registration (pdf)

The CLE course entitled “The Plea: Ethics and Expediency at a Crossroad?” has been approved for 2.0 credit hours including (2.0) credit hours for Ethics by VSB MCLE.

Photo by Bill Dickinson of Sky Noir Photography.This year’s Virginia State Bar Pro Bono Award Ceremony will be at the historic Petersburg Courthouse on March 26, 2012. The courthouse is the centerpiece of an area that is overflowing with historic places.

The courthouse was built between 1837 and 1839 and was the official Confederate headquarters during the siege of Petersburg. On April 20, 1861, local volunteers formed in its square to enlist. On June 9, 1864, its bell sounded the warning for the local militia to meet the advancing Union cavalry.

It is said that during the siege, soldiers from both sides set their timepiece by the courthouse clock.

The building has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1973. In fact, Petersburg is full of history, with thirty-eight separate listings, from the Appomattox Iron Works to the Washington Street Methodist Church, on the register.

This year’s program will start at 9 a.m. with a guided tour of Old Towne, which is the area immediately surrounding the courthouse, and other historic downtown sites.

That will be followed by an optional visit to the Siege Museum, including a sixteen-minute orientation film.

The tentative schedule of events includes an afternoon reception and art exhibit at the New Millennium Studios and an “ethics/professionalism CLE taking inspiration from cinema clips” also at New Millennium.

The courthouse will be the site of the 7 p.m. ceremony to present the 2012 Lewis F. Powell Jr. Pro Bono Award. The recipient of the Oliver W. Hill Law Student Pro Bono Award also will be honored at the ceremony. VSB President George Warren Shanks will preside.

A reception for invitees will follow at the historic Brickhouse Run Pub and Restaurant in Old Towne.

The program is open without charge to lawyers, judges, and affiliated professionals who are interested in access to justice issues. For registration and other details, see

View the 2012 Pro Bono Award Ceremony Registration (pdf)

Updated: Mar 14, 2012