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Butler receives Groot professionalism award

The Ted Dalton Chapter of the American Inn of Court has given its annual Roger Groot Professionalism Award to M. Caldwell Butler, the former congressman and longtime Roanoke lawyer.

Butler is best known for the political courage he displayed as a relatively new Republican member of Congress in supporting the impeachment of President Richard M. Nixon in 1974.

He served in the House of Representatives from 1973 to 1984 and practiced at the firm of WoodsRogers in Roanoke until he retired in 1998.

Butler received the award at the Inn’s annual banquet on Tuesday at Roanoke College.

The award is named for Groot, the beloved Washington and Lee University law professor who suffered a heart attack while hunting in 2005.

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