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Criminal Law

A Section of the Virginia State Bar.

1992 Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Award Recipient

The Honorable Harry L. Carrico

The Virginia State Bar Criminal Law Section has instituted an award for professionalism in honor of the Honorable Harry L. Carrico, chief justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia. The first award was presented to Carrico at the 22nd annual Criminal Law Seminar.

In presenting the award to Carrico, Matthew N. Ott, chair of the Criminal Law Section, described the chief justice’s longtime efforts to encourage professionalism among members of the bar.

As a result, Ott said, the section created the award to be presented to judges, defense attorneys, prosecutors, clerks, or other citizens who have made unique contributions to the improvement of the criminal justice system.

“The award is made in honor of the Honorable Harry L. Carrico, who exemplifies the highest ideals of professionalism in the administration of justice in the Commonwealth of Virginia,” Ott said.

“Why this award—at this time? I refer to Justice Carrico’s remarks before a recent professionalism course. In responding to a comment that the days when lawyers were advisors and counselors were gone, Justice Carrico stated, ‘How did we happen to take the wrong turn? Because we lost our sense of professionalism, the compass that kept us on course for so long. Without the compass, far too many lawyers have become completely preoccupied with accumulating wealth, to the utter neglect of their public and ethical responsibilities,’” Ott said.

The Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Award is a crystal disc from Tiffany and Co. on which is engraved an artist’s interpretation of a compass.

Although nominations will be accepted annually, the award will be given at the discretion of the Criminal Law Section’s Board of Governors. The selection committee will be composed of the current section chair, the past three section chairs, and Carrico.

February 1992