BOV Member Lewis Elected President of Virginia Bar Association

Posted: January 19, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Glenn C. Lewis
Glenn C. Lewis

Glenn C. Lewis, JD ’77, who was appointed to George Mason’s Board of Visitors last fall, will take office as president of the Virginia Bar Association this weekend.

Lewis is chair and founder of The Lewis Law Firm, based in Washington, D.C., with a national practice specializing in family law.

A cum laude graduate from the School of Law, Lewis serves as an adjunct professor of law at Mason, teaching popular courses in Family Law and in Trial Advocacy.

Among other teaching posts, he is a founding faculty master and a director of the Virginia College of Trial Advocacy at the College of William and Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law; and he served two full terms as faculty for the Virginia State Bar Mandatory Course of Professionalism.

For more than a decade, he has also been a guest lecturer at the T.C. Williams School of Law, University of Richmond.

Lewis has volunteered more than one thousand hours writing and lecturing on myriad legal issues, including trial advocacy, evidence, family law, professionalism and legal ethics.

In July 2006, the Virginia Law Foundation recognized his lifelong contributions and service, presenting him with the Gardiner B. DeMallie, Jr. Award for “enhancing the profession with his committment and achievement in legal education and his outstanding and unquestionable integrity, professionalism, achievement, contributions and commitment to excellence in the law, thereby enhancing the legal profession.”

Among many other achievements and recognitions, Lewis was named Virginia State Bar Leader of the Year following his Fairfax Bar presidency; he received the George Mason School of Law Distinguished Service Award in 2002.

In 2004, Virginia’s chief justice presented Lewis with the Virginia State Bar Family Law Lifetime Achievement Award. Lewis received the 20th Annual Fairfax County Human Rights Award on behalf of his Fairfax Bar Diversity Task Force.

Lewis, its only non-Asian founder, was honored by the Asian-American Bar Association Award in 1997 for his “inspirational devotion and leadership.” He has also chaired and served on numerous commissions, work groups and task forces of the Virginia Supreme Court and the Virginia General Assembly.

Lewis previously served eight years representing the Fairfax Bar in the American Bar Association House of Delegates, also serving as Virginia liaison to the ABA Family Law Section. He also has chaired the VSB Special Committee on Access to Legal Services, the VSB Family Law Section, and VBA Domestic Relations Council. He currently co-chairs the VBA Coalition Committee on Family Law legislation.

Lewis will be the 107th president of the Virginia Bar Association and the first person to have served as president for both the Fairfax and the Virginia Bar Associations.

According to its web site, “the Virginia Bar Association is a voluntary organization of Virginia lawyers committed to serving the public and the legal profession by promoting the highest standards of integrity, professionalism and excellence in the legal profession; working to improve the law and the administration of justice; and advancing collegial relations among lawyers.”

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