Senior Justice Lawrence L. Koontz Jr. of the Supreme Court of Virginia is the recipient of the 2015 Harry L. Carrico Outstanding Career Service Award.
Named in honor of the longest serving chief justice and the longest serving member in the history of the Supreme Court, the Carrico award is presented annually by the Judicial Council of Virginia to a Virginia judge who, over an extended career, has demonstrated exceptional leadership in the administration of the courts while exhibiting the traits of integrity, courtesy, impartiality, wisdom and humility.
A native of Roanoke, Koontz received his undergraduate degree from Virginia Tech and his law degree from the University of Richmond. Koontz was appointed to the Roanoke Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court in 1967, where he served until he was elected a judge of the 23rd Circuit in 1976.
In 1985, Koontz was elected a judge of the newly formed Court of Appeals of Virginia and served as chief judge for eight years. First elected to a 12-year term on the Supreme Court in 1995, Koontz retired and took senior justice status in 2011.
During his career, Koontz served as a president of the Virginia Juvenile Judges Association, the Roanoke Valley Mental Health Association, the first president of the Ted Dalton Inn of Court (Roanoke area), and as a member of the Judicial Council of Virginia.
The Carrico award was presented to Koontz at the annual meeting of the Judicial Conference of Virginia on May 10.