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Richmond Civil Rights Lawyer Will Receive Award for
Pro Bono Work
Clarence M. Dunnaville Jr., a Richmond                In a nomination letter, Mary Z.
attorney whose civil rights work led him        Natkin, the W&L assistant dean and pro-
from protest demonstrations in the              fessor who oversees the clinic, credited
1950s, to preserving the legacies of the        Dunnaville’s persistence for the develop-
movements’ leaders and continuing               ment of the clinical program. “We com-
courtroom battles on behalf of disen-           mitted to the idea, in large part because
franchised people in the twenty-first           of Clarence’s vision and dedication, and
century, will be given the 2009 Lewis F.        began designing a program to augment
Powell Jr. Pro Bono Award by the                pro bono representation in Roanoke.
Virginia State Bar.                                  “He has been back to the city or on
     The award is bestowed by the VSB’s         the phone too many times to count to
Committee on Access to Legal Services           appear before City Council in support of
to recognize dedication to development          the program, to speak to the Roanoke
and delivery of pro bono services that          Bar Association in support of the pro-
benefit poor and underserved persons in         gram, to check on the law fellow residing
                                                in the house or the law students working
Virginia. The award was named for a late
                                                on matters, or for any matter that needs        teer civil rights attorney in Jackson,
U.S. Supreme Court associate justice
                                                attention.                                      Mississippi; and co-founding organiza-
from Richmond.
                                                     “It has been particularly inspiring to     tions to promote persons of color to
     Dunnaville, 75, most recently has
                                                work with him on this project while he          management positions and on boards of
been involved as a court-appointed                                                              directors.
                                                managed his own caseload in Richmond,
advocate in cases that support a consti-        mentored law students, and cared for his            “Mr. Dunnaville has been a tireless
tutional right to counsel in civil cases.       wife.” Norine Dunnaville, his wife of           advocate for our liberties throughout his
     He has committed substantial time          forty-two years, died in January.               long and storied career,” Natkin wrote.
in recent years to preserving the legacy              In 2007, Dunnaville was awarded                In February, VSB President Manuel
of civil rights attorney Oliver W. Hill and     the Segal-Tweed Founders Award by the           A. Capsalis presented Dunnaville with a
his colleagues in the legal battles of the      Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights             special VSB President’s Award in recog-
1950s and ’60s. As a founding member            Under Law, for displaying outstanding           nition of his many contributions to the
of the Oliver White Hill Foundation,            leadership and service in the cause of          legal landscape in Virginia.
Dunnaville led a project to purchase and        equal justice under law. Milestones in his           Dunnaville has a bachelor’s degree
restore Hill’s boyhood home in Roanoke.         life include participating in sit-ins and       from Morgan State University and a law
He then formed a coalition to use the           picketing to protest racial segregation;        degree from St. John’s University.
home to provide legal services to the           hearing Thurgood Marshall and                        The Powell Award will be presented
poor, as part of a practicum by third-          Spottswood W. Robinson III argue                during the VSB’s Pro Bono and Access to
year students at the Washington and Lee         Brown v. Board of Education before the          Justice Conference on April 20, 2009, in
University School of Law.                       U.S. Supreme Court; serving as a volun-         Richmond.




University of Richmond Law Student Wins Virginia State Bar Pro Bono Award
Miriam Sincell, a student at the                pensated or minimally compensated pro           wrote in a nomina-
University of Richmond School of Law,           bono work and other public service. It is       tion letter. Sincell
has been selected to receive the Virginia       bestowed by the VSB Committee on                plans to pursue a
State Bar’s 2009 Oliver White Hill Law          Access to Legal Services.                       career in public
Student Pro Bono Award.                              Sincell’s uncompensated pro bono           interest law after
     The award, named for a late                hours while a law student have exceeded         she graduates.
Virginia civil rights litigator, recognizes a   the award’s one hundred-hour mini-
law student’s commitment to uncom-              mum, Professor Margaret Ivey Bacigal            Law Student Award continued on page 49


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  Law Student Award continued from page 35

        She was one of the first volunteers with the Richmond Child Health
  Advocacy Program, which addresses legal needs of low-income children who are
  patients at the Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center.
        She also has worked with the Richmond Housing Law Project, the law
  school’s Street Law Program to educate high school students about their legal
  rights and responsibilities, the Christian Law Fellowship, and the community ser-
  vice committee of the Public Interest Law Association.
        Tara Louise Casey, director of UR’s Harry L. Carrico Center for Pro Bono
  Service, described Sincell as an ambassador of the legal profession and the law
  school to the Richmond community. Through the Street Law Project, for exam-
  ple, she recruited volunteer law students to teach disadvantaged youths about
  basic legal concepts and correct common misconceptions about the law.
        Casey quoted Robert F. Kennedy’s words, “The poor man looks upon the law
  as an enemy, not as a friend. For him the law is always taking something away.”
  Sincell is a student who finds ways to use the law to give back, she wrote.
        Sincell grew up in Oakland, Maryland, and received her undergraduate
  degree from Bucknell University.
        The Hill Award will be presented during the VSB’s Pro Bono and Access to
  Justice Conference on April 20, 2009, in Richmond. I




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