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Richmond J&DR court to host Oliver Hill Day celebration

For the 22nd year in a row, the Richmond Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court will host an event honoring the memory of local attorney and civil rights icon Oliver White Hill Sr.

Hill is best known for his role in bringing the lawsuit against the Prince Edward County School Board which became part of Brown v. Board of Education.

Speakers at the event include Oliver W. Hill Jr., Richmond Circuit Judge Richard Taylor and Jonathan Stubbs, author and University of Richmond law professor. The event will also present awards to the Oliver Hill Day essay and art contest winners and showcase the work of other local middle and high school students. The theme for the event will be “Free Speech, Free Press, Free Society.”

Judge Marilynn C. Goss of the Richmond J&DR court said that beyond honoring the memory of Hill, the day is also meant to honor the work of members of the local legal community.

“[The celebration] honors those in the community who, in the spirit of Oliver Hill, make outstanding contributions to the law, the City of Richmond and the Commonwealth of Virginia,” Goss said in a news release.

The event is being held May 10 at 3 p.m. in the atrium of the court building that bears Hill’s name in Richmond.