Annual Pro Bono Celebration

Thank you to all who joined us on October 25, for our annual Pro Bono Celebration, honoring he good works of the Foundation’s volunteers and recognizing the recipients of this year’s Benjamin Rice Lacy, IV* Volunteer of the Year and the George H. Hettrick** Leadership Awards:

J. William Gray, Jr.
Benjamin R. Lacy, IV Volunteer of the Year
Brian R. Marron
George H. Hettrick Leadership Award

A special thank you to Tom Farrell, CEO of Dominion Energy, Inc., for his wonderful remarks and to McGuireWoods, our gracious host. View photos from the evening on the GRBF Facebook page.


Premier Sponsors:




Good Works Sponsors:

Ellen P. Ray, Esq. | Chandler Pecoraro, PLC | Hirschler Fleischer, PC | Locke & Quinn
Threshold Counsel, PC | Troutman Sanders, LLP | Williams Mullen


*The Late Benjamin R. Lacy, IV was a long time shareholder at Sands Anderson. 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 2010 Mr. Lacy joined the Greater Richmond Bar Foundation’s Board of Directors.  In his honor the Foundation renamed the Clearinghouse Award after Mr. Lacy, posthumously, in 2012.

Past Award Recipients
2016: John Oakey
2015: Phyllis Katz
2014: Samantha Otero
2013: Andy Nea
2012: TW Bruno
2011: Jamie Barber
2010: Kevin White
2009: Robert Brooke
2008: Ben Lacy

**George H. Hettrick is a founding member of the expanded Greater Richmond Bar Foundation, and Past President. Mr. Hettrick served as Chair of Hunton & Williams’ 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 has 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 big 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
2016: Steve Northup
2015: Bob Barrett, Matt Kapinos & Heather Lockerman (Veterans Initiative)

The George Hettrick Leadership Award was established in 2015