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Henrico’s Judge Hammond receives MRWBA award

Henrico Circuit Judge Catherine Currin Hammond has received the 2011 Women of Achievement Award from the Metropolitan Richmond Women’s Bar Association.

The award is presented annually to a woman who has contributed pro bono services and volunteered to improve the community.

Hammond currently serves as chief judge of the 14th Judicial Circuit in Henrico County.

Hammond has volunteered throughout her legal career. She was formerly a partner in McGuireWoods’ commercial litigation practice. While at that firm, she represented a death row inmate in his habeas corpus proceedings for four years.

In 1994 she was appointed Deputy Attorney General by Attorney General Jim Gilmore. There, she supervised attorneys representing Virginia in tort claims, utility regulation, antitrust, employment claims, debt collection and construction litigation.

Her civic work has included service with numerous organizations including Christ Church Episcopal and St. Andrew’s School in Oregon Hill, where she chaired the board of directors for four years.

The bar recognized Hammond’s initiative in creating the first Drug Court in Henrico, a collaborative project including law enforcement and health care providers.

With the judge in the photo above are her husband Paul and son Matthew.

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