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Young Lawyers Divisions Recognizes Leaders With Two Honors

Monday, January 27, 2020   (0 Comments)
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The VBA Young Lawyers Division also recognized the efforts of two of the many young lawyers throughout the state who voluntarily lead the division’s numerous projects.

Andrew B. Stockment, an attorney with Flora Pettit PC in Charlottesville, received the division’s highest honor, the Sandra P. Thompson Award, for outstanding work and long-term service.

Craig A. Hoovler received the Emerson G. Spies Award for enthusiasm, loyalty and dedication in the work of the VBA and YLD in a given year. Hoovler is an associate with Ruyak Cherian LLP in Washington, D.C.

Sandra P. Thompson Award recipient Andrew Stockment

Stockment co-chaired the inaugural issue of Opening Statement, the YLD’s quarterly newsletter. He became editor-in-chief in 2014, a position he retained for several years. Opening Statement has been recognized nationally as one of the best publications by young lawyer bar groups four years in a row by the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division.

He joined the YLD’s executive board in 2014 and rose to secretary-treasurer, chair-elect and chair in 2018. He served for five years as the YLD representative to the VBA Intellectual Property and Information Technology Section Council and also served on the executive committee of the Law Practice Management Division.

“Through all his years as a YLD member and officer, Andrew has faithfully served the YLD,” said 2019 YLD Chair Jennifer L. Ligon, who presented the award. “He has been a true pleasure to work with and learn from.”

Emerson G. Spies Award recipient Craig Hoovler

“This year’s recipient has continuously embodied enthusiasm and dedication all year,” Ligon said.

She explained that Hoovler joined the YLD executive board in January 2019, the month of the Annual Meeting. “On the Monday following last year’s Annual Meeting, Craig emailed to me a list of numerous ideas for the YLD, several of which have been successfully implemented.”

Hoovler took ownership of the YLD’s new legislative committee, proposed establishing regional social chairs to plan events for YLD members throughout the state and ignited the discussion to extend the age for young lawyers from 37 to 40, which has since taken effect.

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