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Michael J. Quinan Receives VBA Special Recognition Award

Wednesday, February 6, 2019   (0 Comments)
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Sometimes in a volunteer organization the contributions of a single individual are so voluminous that they beg for acknowledgment even if that person never seeks the limelight.

Such was the case at the 2019 Annual Meeting of The Virginia Bar Association when President C.J. Steuart Thomas III announced a surprise award that had been kept a secret from its recipient. The VBA Special Recognition Award, given in appreciation of significant support of the mission of the VBA, found its third-ever recipient in 15 years: Michael J. Quinan.

Special Recognition Award recipient Michael Quinan (second from left)  is celebrated by VBA presidents Steuart Thomas and past presidents David Mercer and Jim Guy“Mike’s list of service to The Virginia Bar Association is inspiring, to say the least,” Thomas said at the Friday night banquet as Quinan made his way to the stage. Thomas was joined by the two most recent past presidents of the VBA - David S. Mercer and James P. Guy II - to make the presentation for Quinan’s “incredible support to the board over the last three years.”

“He was member of the Young Lawyer’s Division Executive Council from 1991-1995. He was also Chair of the Lawyers for Literacy Committee during the same period. Mike was a member of the Special Committee to study whether an Administrative Conference of Virginia should be established from 1993-1994. He was a member of the Special Committee to study the proposed new rules of Professional Responsibility from 1994-1995. Mike was a member of the Committee on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar from 1996-2002 and chaired that committee from 2000-2002,” Thomas began.

“At the same time, he was a member of the Strategic Group on New Dimensions and Professionalism from 2000-2002. He was a member of the Operations Committee from 2002-2004. He was a member of the Community Service Council from 2003-2008 and chaired it in 2007. He was a member of the Administrative Law Section Council from 1993-1995, 2006-2010, and chaired it from 2008-2009. He was a member of the Development Committee from 2002-2007, and the chair from 2004-2007. He was chair of the Law Practice Management Division from 2010-2011 and served on the Board of Governors from 2010-2011.

“One might have thought this was enough,” Thomas added. However, the VBA Board of Governors decided to appoint a general counsel as an ex-officio member of the board three years ago.

“Since being appointed as general counsel, Mike has attended every board meeting and every single monthly Executive Committee meeting for the last three years. During this time, he negotiated contracts with Colonial Williamsburg and The Homestead, carefully dealt with employment issues, taxation issues, insurance and VBAI insurance contract issues, real estate issues, bylaw issues, and numerous others.

“Who would know that an association of lawyers would need a general counsel. I can tell you — we do,” Thomas said, prompting a laugh from the audience.

“It has been very comforting to me to have Mike’s analysis and advice at our meetings as new issues were raised and legal questions posed,” Thomas added. “I would have been lost without Mike’s assistance with several matters this year.”

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