Prince William News
Fri., May. 27 - The Prince William County Bar Association celebrated its 75th Anniversary and the professional lives of two prominent attorneys at a recent dinner dance.
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Fri., May. 27 - The Manassas and Manassas Park Cities Democratic Committee (MMPCDC) has scheduled assembled caucuses to nominate Democratic candidates for Manassas and Manassas Park races in the Nov. 8 General Election.
Thu., May. 26 - To celebrate Father’s Day and encourage dads to spend more time with their children, the Prince William County Fatherhood Initiative is hosting its second annual ‘Dads Play Day.’
Thu., May. 26 - Prince William County honors the Armed Forces during remembrance ceremony
Thu., May. 26 - Walk for Prince William, a 32-mile trek across the county, helped shine the light on the plight on a county-wide issue.
Wed., May. 25 - Traffic will be changing on Route 29 overnight beginning Tuesday, May 24.
Wed., May. 25 - Events and happenings around Prince William County.
Wed., May. 25 - The Prince William Chamber of Commerce is hosting the "Virginia is Open for Business: A Look at the Commonwealth's Economy" luncheon with the Commonwealth of Virginia's Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones.
Wed., May. 25 - Converse is holding a Memorial Day grand opening celebration at Potomac Mills Mall that kicks off Thursday, May 26, runs through Monday, May 30.
PWC Bar Association marks 75th Anniversary
© Gainesville TimesThe Prince William County Bar Association celebrated its 75th Anniversary and the professional lives of two prominent attorneys at a recent dinner dance.
Judge Richard B. Potter was honored for his retirement from PWC Circuit Court, and Judge Mary Grace O’Brien for her elevation to the Court of Appeals of Virginia. Portraits were commissioned to express the PWC Bar’s gratitude for their service on the bench.
The dinner dance was also a time to celebrate judicial retirements and the best lawyers in the local profession. Following are the recipients of the PWC Bar’s annual awards for 2015:
Past President: Jennifer B. Zary
Pro bono Attorney of the Year: Phillip J. Menke
J&DR Guardian Ad Litem of the Year: Nicholas D. Williams
J&DR Trial Attorney of the Year: Kimberly Hackbarth
GDC Trial Attorney of the Year: Anne T. Godson
Circuit Trial Attorney of the Year: James A. Willett
Arthur W. Sinclair Professionalism Award: Tracey A. Lenox
VWAA Justicia Award: Charlyn Hasson-Brown
The award recipients were honored for their good works within the legal profession and the high standards of advocacy, professionalism and pro bono service they model for others.
The association was founded on July 25, 1941 by seven attorneys who comprised the entire legal community at the time, all having offices in Old Towne Manassas. They were: Robb A. Hutchison, C.A. Sinclair, T.E. Didlake, W. Hill Brown, Jr., Stanley A. Owens, C. Lacey Compton, Sr., and Arthur W. Sinclair.
Those attorneys and the ones who followed had a profound impact on the legal community and the community at large.
Edwin P. “Bud” Latimer was involved with the establishment of Prince William Hospital, and provided guidance to C. Lacey Compton, Jr., as Compton worked with others to establish Potomac Hospital.
Ed Flournoy worked with his wife, Mary, to establish a speech and hearing clinic and also served on the board of the Mental Health Association which later lead to the establishment of Didlake, which is focused on the needs of those with disabilities. As the population grew, C. Lacey Compton, Sr., was involved in the development of the county more than most.
Three of the attorneys, Bud Latimer, Mike Lubeley and Arthur W. Sinclair, let their passion for golf be their driving force on projects in the community. Lubeley worked on a host of projects that included Robert Trent Jones, Lake Manassas and the opening up of the entire Linton Hall corridor. Sinclair along with Latimer were instrumental in the founding of Evergreen Country Club, and H. Selwyn Smith worked with others to establish Sudley Club.
"This is just a glimpse of the positive impact of local attorneys on the lives of those who live, work and play in Prince William County," Prince William County Bar Association Executive Director Alissa Hudson said.
The original objectives of the association continue to this day and are reflected in the mission statement: to maintain the honor and dignity of the practice of law, promote the administration of justice, encourage the professionalism and collegiality of its members, and contribute to the quality of life in the community.
Efforts to capture the history of the PWC Bar have been multifaceted.
"Initially, the living history of the bar was captured through personal interviews of its most senior members over the course of the past 17 years," said Hudson. Thirty-two such interviews were conducted and provide a clear picture of the earliest days of the bar as told by those who knew and admired its founding fathers. All the interviews were compiled in a commemorative program that was made available to every member of the PWC Bar.
A number of historical displays have been developed to depict the association’s founding fathers; the judiciary; and the impact of lawyers in the community. These displays will travel to Manassas City Hall and throughout the area this spring, to share the history of the bar with the community at large according to Hudson.
During the dinner dance, Delegate Jackson Miller presented the PWC Bar with House Resolution 64, commending the bar for 75 years of “service to the legal community and the people of Prince William County.” President Jeani Wiethop invited every past president in attendance to join her in accepting the award. At the bar’s annual Legislative Luncheon, Senator Jeremy McPike presented Senate Resolution 46, a similar commendation.