Elizabeth Smith Olcott
has joined Christian & Barton, L.L.P., as an associate in the firm's health care and corporate practice groups. She received her law degree from William & Mary.
Willard J. Moody Sr.
is a Lifetime Achievement selection for America's Top 100 Attorneys. Less than half of 1 percent of active U.S. attorneys receive this honor.
The William & Mary Law School Association presented its highest recognition or 2017 to
Heidi W. Abbott
of Hunton & Williams LLP in Richmond. The
is given annually to a graduate or friend of the law school who has made a lifetime commitment to citizenship and leadership.Abbott earned a J.D. in 1991 from W&M. Among her numerous recognitions, in 2014 she received the Richmond Humanitarian Award from the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities for touching "many aspects of Richmond life with her compassion and generous spirit." The award recognized her efforts as chairman of the board of the Richmond Police Foundation to raise funds for a Violence Free Zone at George Wythe High School and for an initiative that provided homeless teenagers with dress clothes for their high school graduations. She also received the Governor of Virginia's 2012 Outstanding Adult Volunteer Award, the 2014 Ukrop Community Vision Award from Leadership Metro Richmond, and the 2016 YWCA Outstanding Woman Award in the Human Relations & Faith category.
A. Benjamin Spencer
, a law professor at the University of Virginia and former VBA Board of Governors law school representative, will join the Advisory Committee on Civil Rules of the U.S. Judicial Conference for a three-year terms that begins Oct. 1. The committee is one of five for U.S. courts that evaluate rules changes to ensure they run smoothly and equitably.
William Davis Powell
has joined the Richmond law office of Hancock, Daniel, Johnson & Nagle, P.C., and its medical malpractice team.
have become members of Surovell Isaacs & Levy PLC. McRae joined the Fairfax law firm in 2014 and focuses mainly on family law and domestic violence issues. Skiba-Rokosky joined in 2015 and focuses on family law and estate planning and administration.
is a co-recipient of the
Young Lawyer of the Year Award
from the Virginia State Bar Young Lawyers Conference. She is director and clinical assistant professor of law at William & Mary Law School and supervises and instructs students in the Parents Engaged for Learning Equality Special Education Advocacy Clinic. Shin serves as co-chair of the VSB's Children and the Law Commission, one reason for her nomination, along with her exceptional devotion to the conference, the legal profession, and the community throughout her career.
Angela A. Ciolfi
, litigation director at the
Legal Aid Justice Center
in Charlottesville, will receive the
Virginia Legal Aid Award for 2017
at the Virginia State Bar Annual Meeting. She previously won the Oliver White Hill Law Student Pro Bono Award and is the first lawyer to win both VSB pro bono honors. The VSB calls her involvement with legislative and legal matters affecting children "extensive."
John P. Ackerly
died May 18 at age 82. He had practiced law at Mays, Valentine, Davenport & Moore, now Troutman Sanders, and was a University of Virginia rector.
Waller H. Horsley
died May 10 at age 85. He practiced at Hunton & Williams for 33 years and then formed the Horsley & Horsley law firm in 1992. He retired in 2005.