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VADA Award for Excellence in Civil Litigation

More than twenty years ago, the VADA Board of Directors instituted an award entitled "VADA Award for Excellence in Civil Litigation."

The Award honors a distinguished jurist, civil litigator, or other appropriate person who exhibits the following: 

1. The highest standards of ethics, demeanor and temperament; 
2. Exemplary conduct inside and outside the courtroom; 
3. Courtesy and fairness in dealing with others; 
4. Work of the highest quality; and 
5. Such other criteria as the Board may determine are appropriate, such as community involvement; judicial, bar-related and educational activities; and participation in activities that improve the civil justice system.

Phillip C. Stone - 1994 

James W. Morris, III - 1995 
Chief Justice Harry L. Carrico - 1996 
The Hon. Albert V. Bryan, Jr. - 1997 
Ronald D. Hodges (posthumously) - 1998 
The Hon. Nicholas E. Persin - 1999 
John M. Oakey, Jr. - 2000 
Frank B. Miller, III - 2001 
Russell H. Roberts - 2002 
William B. Poff - 2003 
The Hon. Robert R. Merhige, Jr. - 2004 
The Hon. R. Terrence Ney - 2005 
Henry H. McVey III - 2006 
James Rudy Austin - 2007 
James E. Brydges, Jr. - 2008 
Colin J. S. Thomas, Jr. - 2009 
The Hon. Paul F. Sheridan (Ret.) - 2010 
John H. OBrion, Jr.- 2012 
George W. Wooten -2013 
James W. Jennings, Jr. - 2014
Frank N. Cowan - 2015
Mary M.H. "Molly" Priddy - 2016
M. Pierce Rucker II - 2017
Stephen A. Horvath - 2018

VADA - VTLA Civility Award

Beginning in 2015, the VADA and VTLA agreed to create an award which each year will recognize and honor a member of each organization for their civility and professionalism in the practice of law.

Both associations believe that their members have an obligation to be professional with clients, other parties and counsel, the courts and the public. This obligation includes civility, professional integrity, personal dignity, candor, diligence, respect, courtesy, and cooperation. Some go above and beyond obligation, and their conduct sets the standard.

The VADA honorees have been:

Rick Ladd - 2016

Steuart Thomas - 2017

Molly Priddy - 2018

Michael Harman - 2019

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Executive Director: Sherma Mather

Director of Meetings: Amy Gilbody

Journal of Civil Litigation Managing Editor: Molly Terry

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