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Hettrick recognized for pro bono leadership

George H. Hettrick of Richmond is the 2015 recipient of the Virginia State Bar’s Lewis F. Powell Jr. Pro Bono Award.

Hettrick has led the pro bono efforts of Hunton & Williams for 25 years. He was the driving force behind the firm’s creation of pro bono offices in the Church Hill community in Richmond, in Charlottesville, where the firm works with the University of Virginia law school, and in Atlanta.

In nominating Hettrick for the award, Christopher M. Malone of Richmond wrote, “In my view, there is no individual lawyer in Virginia who has made a more significant impact in the development of pro bono service delivery in our state.”

Hettrick graduated from Cornell and received his law degree from Harvard. He joined Hunton & Williams in 1965.

He served as special counsel to Gov. Linwood Holton in 1970-71.

Hettrick is a board member in several community organizations including The Greater Richmond Bar Foundation, the Chesterfield/Colonial Heights Drug Court Foundation, Lawyers Helping Lawyers, and the Partnership for Nonprofit Excellence. He also is a member of the Virginia Access to Justice Commission, the Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs of the American Bar Association, the Committee on Substance Abuse of the ABA, and the Pro Bono Committee of the Bar Association of Richmond.

The Powell award was established by the VSB’s Special Committee on Access to Legal Services to honor attorneys and attorney groups that have made outstanding pro bono contributions. This year’s award will be presented Oct. 21 during the VSB Pro Bono Conference and Celebration in Williamsburg.

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