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A Section of the Virginia State Bar.

1995 Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Award Recipient

Oliver W. Hill Sr., Esquire

Richmond attorney Oliver W. Hill Sr. received the 1995 Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Award from the Virginia State Bar’s Criminal Law Section at the 25th annual Criminal Law Seminar.

The award, established in 1992 in honor of Carrico, chief justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia, recognizes a singular and unique contribution to the improvement of the criminal justice system in Virginia.

While Hill is most known for his civil rights litigation, his representation of African-American defendants charged with crimes was equally important to the advancement of the civil rights movement. For example, Hill represented black citizens convicted of trespass for sitting at the lunch counter of a major Richmond department store and represented a black woman charged with trespass for sitting in the white-only section of a bus. He also obtained the reversal of convictions of young people when they violated the state’s compulsory school attendance law by refusing to attend inferior segregated schools.

In his work with law students, he encouraged young people to effect meaningful change through the legal system.

February 1995