George H. Hettrick Leadership Award

“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.”

Hunton & Williams Pro Bono Partner George Hettrick when he accepted the American Lawyer Lifetime Achievement Award for Pro Bono Service

Hettrick Firm PhotoGeorge H. Hettrick has led the pro bono service efforts at Hunton & Williams for over 25 years

Following a 25-year career as a corporate finance lawyer, George Hettrick took on the challenge of leading the Hunton and Williams’ pro bono practice on a full-time basis in 1989.  Under Hettrick’s guidance, Hunton added two full-time pro bono fellowships for lawyers whose time is entirely committed to pro bono work, Hunton reached the milestone of 100% attorney participation in pro bono projects for consecutive years, and Hunton established two neighborhood-based pro bono offices, one in the Church Hill area of Richmond, Virginia and one in Charlottesville, Virginia.

George Hettrick helped create Firms In Service – Richmond, a bi-monthly gathering of top law firm pro bono partners.  Firms In Service members come together in a noncompetitive setting to share insights and challenges in creating a culture of pro bono service within the workplace.  Firms In Service – Richmond has grown to 13 members since its creation, and inspired other regions to create a similar collaboration, namely in Charlottesville, Tidewater and Northern Virginia.

In 2009, Hettrick was honored with The American Lawyer Lifetime Achievement Award for his pro bono leadership. Among other efforts, Hettrick continues to champion the pro bono cause as an active member of the Virginia Access to Justice Commission established in 2014. In October 2015, Hettrick received the Virginia State Bar’s Lewis F. Powell, Jr. Pro Bono Award. 

In recognition of this stalwart passion for pro bono, and his contributions as founding member and past President, the Greater Richmond Bar Foundation created the George H. Hettrick Leadership Award. This inaugural Award recognizes those who have demonstrated extraordinary commitment to legal services to underrepresented, have taken leadership roles in developing such, and employed innovative efforts to improve the legal landscape in a critical need area. 

2015 Hettrick Award: (l-r) Matt Kapinos, George Hettrick, Heather Lockerman & Bob Barrett

2015 Hettrick Award: (l-r) Matt Kapinos, George Hettrick, Heather Lockerman & Bob Barrett

On November 11, 2015, at its Annual Pro Bono Celebration, the Greater Richmond Bar Foundation invited George Hettrick to the podium to bestow the first George H. Hettrick Leadership Awards.   This year’s honorees were three lawyers who helped create and sustain the Veteran’s Initiative program, namely: Bob Barrett, Matt Kapinos and Heather Lockerman.  For more information on the Veteran’s program, CLICK HERE.  For more information on this years Award recipients, please CLICK HERE.

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