The Virginia State Bar Criminal Law Section presented its 2012 Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Award last week to Alexandria Public Defender Melinda Douglas.
The award was presented on Feb. 3 during the section’s 42nd Annual Criminal Law Seminar in Williamsburg.
The award is named for the former Virginia Supreme Court chief justice who promoted the ideals of professionalism during his 42 years on the state’s highest court. Petersburg General District Judge Lucretia A. Carrico, daughter of the former chief justice, presented the award on behalf of her father.
In addition to heading the Public Defender’s office, Douglas is an adjunct professor of law at the American University law school, is a past chair of the Criminal Law Section, and a member of numerous task forces on criminal law. Douglas was recognized as a Leader in the Law by Virginia Lawyers Weekly in 2010.
Douglas is also recognized by her colleagues as dedicated mentor and teacher.
“Melinda’s singular and unique contribution to the commonwealth is that by paying attention to each individual attorney, intern, and client that passes through her office, she has improved the system of criminal justice in the Commonwealth of Virginia,” according to a group letter signed by federal defenders Kenneth P. Troccoli, Mary E. Maguire, and Richard C. Goemann.