Provided by Prince William County Bar Association
The Prince William County Bar Association recently honored several attorneys with awards for their trial advocacy, professionalism, leadership and pro bono/community service work. Traditionally these awards are announced and presented at the PWCBA’s biggest event of the year, the Dinner Dance. In the wake of COVID-19, the PWCBA was unable to hold this event. But the Association persevered and found a new way to honor these attorneys at a virtual award ceremony, which can be viewed on the PWCBA Facebook page.
From PWC Circuit Courtroom three, the Bar membership honored this stellar group of lawyers.
Past President’s Award
Tracey Lenox served as the Bar’s president in 2020 and the Association recognized her hard work and dedication to the local legal community with the Past President’s Award. Ms. Lenox kept the lines of communication open between attorneys, judges, local government and public health and safety decision makers during the COVID-19 pandemic, giving everyone a sense of calm during a challenging time. She was also hired as the first Public Defender in Prince William County and opened and staffed PWC’s first Public Defender’s Office.
Guardian ad Litem Award
Since 1994, an attorney is honored each year with the Guardian ad litem of the Year Award. For 2020 the Association honored Stephanie Stinson.
Trial Attorney of the Year Awards
Trial Attorney of the Year Awards have been presented since 1989, and honor attorneys for their trial advocacy skills in the courts of the 31st Judicial Circuit. For 2020, the Association honored Caroline Lochaby as the Juvenile as Domestic Relations District Court Trial Attorney of the Year; Hasina Lewis as the General District Court Trial Attorney of the Year; and Bill Boge was honored as Circuit Court Trial Attorney of the Year.
Pro Bono/Volunteer Attorney of the Year Award
The Prince William County Bar Association prides itself on community outreach and engagement, to include the development and delivery of pro bono legal services and need based services to those in the community. In 2003 the PWCBA established the Pro bono/Volunteer Attorney of the Year Award. This award recognizes the efforts of one attorney who organizes programs that provide pro bono legal services or need based community services, or provides direct pro bono legal representation.
This year the Association honored Mark Branca and Azadeh Malek as the 2020 Pro Bono/Volunteer Attorneys of the Year for their efforts to continue the breakfast at SERVE program during the COVID-19 pandemic. This program provides a hot breakfast on the weekends at the local homeless shelter. They also developed a new initiative, labeled Fueling the Frontline, to provide hot meals for front line care givers at Prince William Hospital, during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Arthur W. Sinclair Professionalism Award
Since 1992, the PWCBA has honored one attorney each year who demonstrates the highest level of honor, integrity, competency and courtesy with the Arthur W. Sinclair Professionalism Award, named after a founding member of the Prince William County Bar Association (1941). The recipient of the 2020 Arthur W. Sinclair Professionalism Award is John Primeau. This year the award was presented by John D. Whittington, who had the pleasure of knowing The Honorable Judge Sinclair. As Mr. Whittington stated, “Judge Sinclair was a smart man, he was an honest man, he was a caring man, and he was a man of faith. This year’s recipient of the Professionalism Award has all of those traits and more.”