2015 Benjamin R. Lacy, IV Award Recipient
Honoring Phyllis C. Katz, Esquire
On November 11, 2015, the Greater Richmond Bar Foundation’s Pro Bono Clearinghouse awarded its Benjamin R. Lacy, IV* Volunteer of the Year award to Phyllis C. Katz. During the award presentation, keynote speaker, Senator Tim Kaine praised Ms. Katz for her numerous contributions to the legal profession and the nonprofit sector, for promoting pro bono service and for leading by example.
Ms. Katz recently retired as Shareholder and member of the Local Government and Employment groups at Sands Anderson. She had over 30 years experience representing and advising clients in employment law issues. She served as County Attorney for Brunswick, Dinwiddie, New Kent and Powhatan Counties. Prior to Sands Anderson, Ms. Katz served as General Counsel to William & Mary, to Mary Washington University and the Virginia Department of Education. She also led the Virginia Department of Employee Relations Counselors, with appointments by three consecutive Governors.
For decades, Ms. Katz has paved the way for attorneys working and volunteering in the nonprofit sector. In addition to her professional career, she has served on nonprofit boards, co-founded the nonprofit LINC, taught Nonprofit Law at University of Richmond Law School & Business School, taught nonprofit courses at VCU, and educated nonprofit executives on various legal issues through a monthly Captains Table. For the GRBF Pro Bono Clearinghouse, she has provided pro bono counsel to nonprofits, written articles on legal topics of interest, partnered in webinars, and served on our Clearinghouse Task Force.
The Ben Lacy Award will join her notable recognition list which includes: YWCA, Outstanding Women (1994), Richmond Bar Association, Pro Bono Publico Award (2000), Metropolitan Richmond Women’s Bar Association, Woman of Achievement (2004), Virginia State Bar, Lewis B. Powell, Jr. Pro Bono Award (2008), Virginia Law Foundation Fellow, Class of 2009, and Virginia Lawyer Weekly, Influential Women of Virginia (2015).
* The Late Benjamin R. Lacy, IV was a long time shareholder at SandsAnderson. 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 GRBF’s Board of Directors. In his honor, posthumously, GRBF renamed the Clearinghouse Award after Mr. Lacy in 2012.