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YLD Honors Hard Work of Three Members

Thursday, February 1, 2018   (0 Comments)
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The Young Lawyers Division depends on the efforts of many to perform its wide variety of activities and projects. At the VBA Annual Meeting, YLD Chair Jeremy S. Williams highlighted the stand-out work of Steven P. Gould, Jonathan D. Puvak and Emily A. Gomes.

Sandra P. Thompson Award

Steven P. Gould receives Sandra P. Thompson AwardGould, the 2016 YLD chair, was awarded the Sandra P. Thompson Award, which recognizes an individual for outstanding work and long-term service to the YLD.

"He has served as head of the Town Hall Committee, secretary/treasurer and chair-elect," Williams said at the winter meeting banquet. "As chair, he instituted a ground-up review of the entire organization and our bylaws. Through his vision, we are a more efficient organization."

In 2017, Gould continued his work by serving as a mentor and by helping the YLD present a debate of the candidates for lieutenant governor.

Gould is a principal at Byrnes Gould PLLC in Danville. He joined the VBA in 2011.

Emerson G. Spies Award

Jeremy Williams congratulates Jon Puvak for receiving Emerson Spies AwardPuvak and Gomes are recipients of the Emerson G. Spies Award. The honor recognizes Young Lawyers Division members for their enthusiasm, loyalty and dedication in the work of the association in a given year. Puvak and Gomes served as chair and chair-elect, respectively, of the Young Lawyers Division committee on continuing legal education.

"They have worked tirelessly to present us with six CLEs this year, with programs on contracts, oyster farming, ABC law and law practice management," Emily Gomes receives Emerson Spies AwardWilliams said. "They have worked tirelessly to assemble materials and locate speakers. These CLEs are an incredible resource for our meeting and Jon and Emily are an incredible resource for our organization."

Puvak is a partner with Gentry Locke Attorneys in Roanoke. He joined the VBA in 2008.

Gomes is an associate at Hogan Lovells US LLP in McLean. She joined the VBA in 2015.

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