W&L Law Faculty Honored at Virginia State Bar Awards
Lexington, VA • Thursday, July 21, 2005The Virginia State Bar Association honored two Washington and Lee University School of Law faculty members with prestigious awards at the organization’s annual meeting on June 18.
Lawrence H. Hoover Jr. was awarded the 18th annual Tradition of Excellence Award and Frank W. Morrison received the eighth annual Gardener G. DeMallie Jr. Award. Both Hoover and Morrison are adjunct faculty members teaching negotiation and mediation at the Washington and Lee University School of Law. Morrison is also an alumnus, having received both his BA and his law degree from Washington and Lee.
In accepting their respective awards Hoover and Morrison each noted the pleasure and satisfaction they have drawn from their teaching at Washington and Lee, which will continue this fall. Morrison singled out his teaching at W&L from his many other professional activities, referring to it as the highlight of his current work.
The Tradition of Excellence Award, the highest honor given by the Virginia State Bar General Practice Section, celebrates an attorney “who has dedicated time and effort to activities that assist the community while improving the standing and image of general practice attorneys in the eyes of the public.” Hoover, who is often called the “father of mediation in Virginia,” has been practicing law for over forty years, concentrating in mediation for the last 20.
The Gardener G. DeMallie Jr. Continuing Legal Education Award is given “in recognition of an individual who has contributed outstanding service to continuing legal education in Virginia.” Criteria for nominees include the highest level of professionalism, integrity and commitment to legal learning. Morrison has been involved in Continuing Legal Education through extensive writing and teaching for over 20 years. Making the award particularly meaningful for Morrison was his personal friendship with DeMaillie, for whom the award is named.
In his acceptance speech, which directly followed Hoover’s, Morrison shared several anecdotes, including a proud memory of recruiting the young attorney Robert J. Grey Jr., for the board of Young Lawyers in the late 1970s. Grey, also a graduate of Washington and Lee University Law School, is the current president of the American Bar Association.
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