John Merrick Wraps Up First Year as Lewis F. Powell, Jr. Inn President


— By John Merrick —

John Merrick recently wrapped up his first year of a two-year term as President of the Lewis F. Powell, Jr. Inn of Court. The Inn recently celebrated together at Rocketts Landing and bestowed its Esther J. Windmueller Award.

The award is named after one of the Inn’s founding members, who died in 2017 following a courageous battle with ovarian cancer.

Congratulations to retired University of Richmond Law Professor Clark Williams for receiving the Award.

The Award is awarded to an individual in the Richmond legal community who displays the following qualities consistently in both practice and personality:

  • Exemplary professionalism;
  • Service and leadership in the local legal community;
  • Dedicated mentoring of members of the Bar or law school;
  • Enthusiasm for learning;
  • Congeniality and an ability to bring disparate groups together for mutual benefit.

The Inn held several events since the fall, including:

  • September: Kick off Party
  • October: Panel from Ayuda – immigration social services organization – discussed immigration law & associated issues.
  • November: Joint Meeting with John Marshall Inn of Court where a panel discussed Virginia elections and voting issues.
  • December: Defense attorney Craig Cooley presented on defending the “DC Sniper” Lee Boyd Malvo.
  • February: Jeopardy! at the UR Law School.
  • March: Tour and reception at the Virginia Holocaust Museum.
  • April: Trolley tour of the Hollywood Cemetery.
  • May: End of the Year Celebration at Rocketts Landing.

Kudos to the excellent team leads, sponsors, and board members for making these events happen.

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