Calderón’s nomination cited her involvement over the years in the Board of Immigration Appeals Screening Project, the Legal Aid Justice Center, Tahirih Justice Center, CAIR Coalition Referrals of Pro Bono Cases, and most recently the Dulles Justice Project, which is working to address claims of those affected by federal travel bans in 2017.
Calderón, a founding partner in Calderón Seguin PLC in Fairfax, was nominated for the award by Christine Lockhart Poarch of Salem and endorsed by Simon Y. Sandoval-Moshenberg of the Legal Aid Justice Center in Falls Church.
In her nomination, Poarch wrote of Calderón, “She is the standard-bearer among the private bar for what pro bono service looks like, or she should be, and for someone who is at the top of her field with a busy practice of her own, she still finds the time to nonetheless serve as model and mentor to countless fellow attorneys.”
The Powell Award was established by the Special Committee on Access to Legal Services of the Virginia State Bar to honor attorneys and attorney groups that have made outstanding pro bono contributions. This year’s award will be presented Oct. 18 during the Virginia State Bar Pro Bono Conference and Celebration in Charlottesville.