The Virginia Bar Association honored both James M. Hingeley of Charlottesville and Jeanne F. Franklin of Arlington during the group’s 2014 summer meeting in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.
Hingeley received the Roger D. Groot Pro Bono Publico Service Award. Hingeley is public defender for Charlottesville and Albemarle County. He previously served for seven years as public defender in Lynchburg.
“A graduate of Harvard University and the University of Virginia law school, Jim has the extraordinary intellect that could have landed him a job with the biggest, most well-known law firms in the country. He, however, chose a different path, one that focused on providing exceptional legal services to indigent defendants,” said VBA president John L. Walker III in presenting the award.
Franklin received the VBA’s William B. Spong Jr. Professionalism Award. The award recognizes inspiring examples of leadership for the legal profession and the public.
Franklin has helped guide various Virginia legal organizations, including the Virginia Law Foundation, Lawyers Helping Lawyers, and the VBA. She currently chairs a joint VBA-VSB committee on alternative dispute resolution.
Walker lauded Franklin’s career “dedicated to improving the administration of justice in Virginia, especially for citizens in need.”