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Sweet Briar’s Stone is honored by Inns of Court

Sweet Briar College President Phillip C. Stone has been presented with the 2016 American Inns of Court Professionalism Award for the Fourth Circuit.

The award was presented Tuesday at the Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference at The Greenbrier by Chief Judge William B. Traxler Jr. of the 4th US. Circuit Court of Appeals.

The awards are presented each year in participating federal circuits to a lawyer or judge whose life and practice “display sterling character and unquestioned integrity, coupled with ongoing dedication to the highest standards of the legal profession and the rule of law.”

Stone began his tenure at Sweet Briar in July 2015 following settlement of litigation over the previous board’s decision to close the school.

Before accepting the post, Stone was a principal at Stone Law Group in Harrisonburg.

A graduate of Bridgewater College, Stone served as that school’s president from 1994 to 2010.

Stone was a member of the executive committee of the National Collegiate Athletic Association and chaired the southern regional accrediting association.

Stone is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the International Society of Barristers, the Virginia Law Foundation and the American Bar Foundation.

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