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PEOPLE < Noteworthy VSB Honors Attorneys The Virginia State Bar presented awards to the following lawyers during its annual meeting: WILLIAM R. RAKES LEADERSHIP IN EDUCATION AWARD Presented by the Section on the Education of Lawyers in Virginia. W. Taylor Reveley III, College of William & Mary W. Taylor Reveley III, the 27th president of the College of William & Mary, is honored for his long-standing and dedicated efforts in the field of legal education. He is the College of William & Mary's John Stewart Bryan Professor of Jurisprudence. He was previously dean of the William & Mary Law School and earlier practiced law at Hunton & Williams for almost three decades, including nine years as the firm's managing partner. William R. Rakes, for whom the award is named, wrote that "For many years Taylor Reveley has worked tirelessly to advance the legal profession through the improvement of legal education in law school and throughout a lawyer's career." TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE AWARD Presented by the General Practice Section. W. Joseph Owen III, Owen & Owens, Midlothian W. Joseph Owen III's work as a general practitioner is enhanced by extensive involvement with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Law firm partner Sam Kaufman described Owen as the quintessential general practitioner. "It is not uncommon for him to handle a felony criminal matter and a complex civil dispute in the same week," Kaufman www.vsb.org wrote. Owen & Owens co-founder Mary Burkey Owens wrote that Owen is "able to handle a vast array of legal issues and handle them all well." Owen serves the community as state chair and member of the national board of trustees for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and locally for the FCA chapter at Armstrong High School in Richmond. He is a founding member of NorthStar Community, a Christian-based organization that assists families struggling with addiction. He is also a member of the University of Richmond's Athletic Council; he is a speaker for the Strike Out Substance Abuse program; he created the Grayson Owen Firearm pledge in memory of his late son; and he is vice chair of the Chippenham Place Community Development Authority Board. VIRGINIA LEGAL AID AWARD Presented by the Special Committee on Access to Legal Services. John R. Rellick, Rappahannock Legal Services John R. Rellick has been managing attorney for the Tappahannock branch office of the Rappahannock Legal Services since 1984. The office serves the civil legal needs of seven rural Virginia counties of Westmoreland, Richmond, Northumberland, Lancaster, Essex, King & Queen, and King William. In nominating Rellick, Ann H. Kloeckner, executive director of RLS, wrote, "John is the glue that holds our office together. He is the generous mentor to other attorneys, both in RLS and throughout the legal services community in Virginia, actively participating in listservs with helpful insights. He is a sensitive advocate, a manager with a light touch, and not afraid to speak up when any injustice is apparent. He enjoys an enviable reputation among all who know him as a compassionate, principled advocate. He is the model all other legal services advocates would do well to emulate." CLARENCE M. DUNNAVILLE JR. ACHIEVEMENT AWARD Presented by the Diversity Conference. Darrel Tillar Mason, Darrel Tillar Mason PLC, Richmond Darrel Tillar Mason, of Manakin Sabot, has been a champion of civil rights and equal opportunity her entire forty year professional career. In 1973, after receiving her master's degree from Virginia Tech, Mason wrote the school's first affirmative action plan. After receiving her law degree from the University of Virginia in 1981, Mason represented plaintiffs in a number of civil rights cases and in the 1990s began representing children with disabilities and their families. In 2000 Mason founded the Center for Special Education Advocacy, a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving families of disabled children experiencing challenges in securing an appropriate education. She was appointed to the Virginia Office of Protection and Advocacy in 2010 and became chair in 2012. She is also the president of the Virginia Disability Law and Advocacy Fund which supports the work of VOPA. She also has held many offices in the VSB. Attorney Marni E. Byrum wrote in nominating her for the award: "Darrel has been a stalwart soldier in the trenches of fighting for equal rights in employment and education as well as a leader in advancing the legislative changes to protect those rights. Darrel is a credit to the legal profession." Awards continued on page 44 Vol. 62 | June/July 2013 | VIRGINIA LAWYER 43

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