Pro Bono Awards

Each year, GRBF celebrates the good works of its volunteers and presents two awards to those who have made outstanding contributions and exhibited strong leadership in pro bono.


George H. Hettrick Leadership Award:

In 2015, GRBF established the George H. Hettrick Leadership Award*, to recognize outstanding efforts, innovative thinking, and the development of pro bono programs designed to reach unmet legal needs in our community. Candidates for this award should meet the following criteria:

  1. 01Have been a member in good standing of the Virginia State Bar with laudable professionalism and personal character
  2. 02Demonstrated a commitment to provide legal services to the underserved
  3. 03Inspired and guided others to participate in the provision of pro bono services
  4. 04Established effective partnerships in the legal services arena to sustain service delivery
  5. 05Contributed positively to the legal landscape of the Central Virginia area through the development and implementation of innovative approaches to service delivery


*About the George H. Hettrick Award

*George H. Hettrick was a founding member and Past President of the Greater Richmond Bar Foundation.  Mr. Hettrick served as Chair of Hunton Andrews Kurth’s Pro Bono Leadership Committee and established pro bono offices of Hunton in the Church Hill Community of Richmond, as well as in Charlottesville and in Atlanta.  Under his leadership, Hunton developed an exemplary pro bono culture and years of 100% pro bono participation.  He is the founder of Firms In Service, a pro bono collaboration among Richmond’s leading law firms.  He currently serves as a member of the Virginia Supreme Court’s Access to Justice Commission.  His pro bono leadership is recognized locally, statewide, and nationally.

Past Recipients

2020: Alexandra “Ali” Silva

2019: Martin “Marty” D. Wegbreit
2018: Lonnie “Chip” D. Nunley, III
2017: 
Brian R. Marron 
2016: 
Stephen “Steve” A. Northup
2015: Bob Barrett, Matt Kapinos, & Heather Lockerman (Veterans Initiative)

*The George Hettrick Leadership Award was established in 2015

Whenever we reach out to help someone else, to provide our talent, our skills, to another human being who needs it, and we do that without expectation of anything in return, we grow spiritually. And for that, we are better people.
– George Hettrick

Benjamin R. Lacy, IV Volunteer of the Year Award:

In 2008, GRBF established the Pro Bono Clearinghouse Volunteer of the Year Award*, to recognize volunteers dedicated to pro bono service to the nonprofit sector. Since then, GRBF has expanded the scope of the award to recognize pro bono efforts on a broader scale. Candidates for this award should meet the following criteria:

  1. 01Be a member in good standing of the Virginia State Bar with laudable professionalism and personal character
  2. 02Demonstrated a commitment to provide pro bono legal services
  3. 03Actively volunteering with any of GRBF’s programs

*About the Benjamin R. Lacy, IV Award:

The Late Benjamin R. Lacy, IV was a long-time shareholder at Sands Anderson and a member of GRBF’s Board of Directors. He had an exemplary career and was recognized by all as a wonderful lawyer, volunteer, and friend. In 2008, GRBF recognized Mr. Lacy as the recipient of the first Pro Bono Clearinghouse Volunteer of the Year for his superlative service to nonprofits. In his honor, the Foundation renamed the Clearinghouse Award after Mr. Lacy, posthumously, in 2012.

Past Recipients

2020: Eviction Diversion Program Team Leadership: Jennifer “Jendy” D. Daglio, Sarah B. Warner, Joshua “Josh” P. Hanbury, and Andrew “Drew” F. Gann, Jr.

2019: Colleen M. Nichols
2018: Christopher “Chris” M. Malone
2017: J. William “Bill” Gray, Jr.
2016:John M. Oakey, Jr.
2015:Phyllis Katz
2014: Samantha “Sam” S. Otero
2013: G. Andrew “Andy” Nea, Jr.
2012:T.W. Bruno
2011:Jamie Barber
2010:Kevin A. White
2009:Robert Brooke

2008: Benjamin “Ben” R. Lacy, IV*