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Packing on the pounds

Pounds added up in a good way in the 2012 Legal Food Frenzy competition, which concluded with yesterday’s announcement by Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli of this year’s winners of the annual contest. The latest Food Frenzy raised 1.4 million pounds of food for Virginia food banks.

Contestants are judged by weight and the prizes include awards for how many pounds of food, per participant, lawyers and legal staff can collect during a two-week period in April. The pounds-per-person metric allows law firms and legal departments to compete on a level playing field, as they gather funds and foodstuffs for local food banks.

The Norfolk firm of B. Cullen Gibson is this year’s heavyweight. The firm took overall first place by raising 18,750 pounds per employee. That figure was a big boost over their winning bid last year, when they gathered 7,500 pounds per person to win the Attorney General’s Cup.

Over its six-year history, the Legal Food Frenzy program has raised the equivalent of over 8.5 million pounds of food for Virginia food banks. Leslie Van Horn, executive director of the Federation of Virginia Food Banks, expressed her gratitude to the AG’s Office and to the Young Lawyers Division of the Virginia Bar Association, which keeps the program going strong.

The AG also thanked this year’s co-chairs, Chris Gill of Christian & Barton, Derek Swanson of McGuireWoods LLP and Virginia Robinson of Seyfarth Shaw.

Other top winners this year included: The “Smithfield Ham Award” for McGuireWoods LLP in the large law firm category, with 201,250 total pounds; the “Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab Award” for Vandeventer Black LLP, in the large firm category with 463 pounds per person; the “Brunswick Stew Award” for Murphy & McGonigle PC, in the small firm slot, with 26,154 total pounds; and the “Shenandoah Apple Award” for Schettine & Nguyen PLC, in the small firm category with 2,005 pounds per person.

The University of Richmond took top law school honors, with 88,266 pounds total and 177 pounds per person.

A complete list of winners is at the AG’s website. Congratulations to all!
–Deborah Elkins

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