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Access to Legal Services Pro Bono Ceremony Travels to Historic Petersburg This year's Virginia State Bar Pro Bono Award Ceremony will be at the historic Petersburg Courthouse on March 26, 2012. The courthouse is the centerpiece of an area that is overflowing with his- toric places. The courthouse was built between 1837 and 1839 and was the official Confederate headquarters during the siege of Petersburg. On April 20, 1861, local volunteers formed in its square to enlist. On June 9, 1864, its bell sounded the warning for the local militia to meet the advancing Union cavalry. It is said that during the siege, soldiers from both sides set their time- piece by the courthouse clock. The building has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1973. In fact, Petersburg is full of history, with thirty-eight separate listings, from the Appomattox Iron Works to the Washington Street Methodist Church, on the register. This year's program will start at 9 a.m. with a guided tour of Old Towne, which is the area immediately surround- ing the courthouse, and other historic downtown sites. That will be followed by an optional visit to the Siege Museum, including a sixteen-minute orientation film. The tentative schedule of events includes an afternoon reception and art exhibit at the New Millennium Studios and an "ethics/professionalism CLE tak- ing inspiration from cinema clips" also at New Millennium. The courthouse will be the site of the 7 p.m. ceremony to present the 2012 Lewis F. Powell Jr. Pro Bono Award. The recipient of the Oliver W. Hill Law Student Pro Bono Award also will be honored at the ceremony. VSB President George Warren Shanks will preside. A reception for invitees will follow at the historic Brickhouse Run Pub and Restaurant in Old Towne. The program is open without charge to lawyers, judges, and affiliated professionals who are interested in access Petersburg Courthouse photo courtesy of Bill Dickinson of Sky Noir Photography to justice issues. For registration and other details, see /pro_bono/powell-ceremony. Virginia State Bar Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Course Upcoming course dates: April 26, 2012, Charlottesville May 10, 2012, Newport News Find additional dates and registration information at Free and Low-Cost Pro Bono Training Visit the Pro Bono page on the VSB website for free and low-cost pro bono training and volunteer opportunities: resources-for-attorneys. Lawyers Helping Lawyers Confidential help for substance abuse problems and mental health issues. Virginia Lawyer Referral Service For information, see 30 VIRGINIA LAWYER | February 2012 | Vol. 60 For more information, call our toll free number: (877) LHL-INVA or visit

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