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VBA To Honor Several Individuals at Banquet

Tuesday, January 16, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Marilyn Shaw
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The VBA at its 128th Annual Meeting in Williamsburg will honor several most worthy legal professionals at its banquet.

Chief Justice Donald W. Lemons of the Supreme Court of Virginia will receive the Baliles Distinguished Service Award, the VBA's highest honor.

VBA Life Member W. Taylor Reveley III will be recognized for his legal career and community contributions, including to the VBA and as dean of the William & Mary Law School. Reveley, the 27th president of the College of William & Mary and its John Stewart Bryan Professor of Jurisprudence, plans to retire in June 2018.

The plaque presentation honoring Reveley will occur at the same meeting in which the VBA rededicates a tribute it gave 125 years ago to the first professor of law at that institution: George Wythe. A plaque in the law school recognizes the signer of the Declaration of Independence, member of the Continental Congress and judge of the Chancery Court as a patriot, instructor, lawyer and judge.

At the banquet, VBA President David Mercer will acknowledge Life Member Gant Redmon with the President's Award.

The VBA also continues its tradition of commissioning and donating to the commonwealth portraits of Supreme Court justices upon their election. The likeness of the newest justice, Stephen R. McCullough, who also serves as judicial representative on the VBA Board of Governors, will be unveiled.

Additionally, young lawyers who have demonstrated enthusiasm and dedication to the VBA and outstanding work and long-term service to the Young Lawyers Division will be recognized. YLD Chair Jeremy S. Williams will present the Emerson G. Spies and Sandra P. Thompson awards. The YLD does not identify award recipients before the presentation.

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