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A Section of the Virginia State Bar.

2005 Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Award Recipient

Overton P. Pollard, Esquire

Overton P. “Opie” Pollard, executive director of the Virginia Public Defender Commission for thirty-one years, received the 2005 Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Award from the Virginia State Bar’s Criminal Law Section at the 35th annual Criminal Law Seminar.

The award, established in 1992 in honor of Carrico, who retired as chief justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia in 2003, recognizes a singular and unique contribution to the improvement of the criminal justice system in Virginia.

Pollard, a native of Ashland, is a graduate of Hanover County Public Schools, and he received his undergraduate and law degrees from Washington and Lee University. A U.S. Navy veteran, he practiced law privately before being hired at age thirty-nine as the Public Defender Commission’s first executive director—a part-time job at the time. Under his watch, the state’s first public defender office opened in 1972 to serve Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta County.

February 2005