PWCBA Manassas, Virginia

Awards of Merit

The Awards of Merit competition is held annually by the Virginia State Bar’s Conference of Local Bar Associations, to recognize outstanding projects conducted by local and specialty bar associations of all sizes, to encourage greater service to the public and the profession, and to give local and specialty bar leaders the opportunity to learn from the programs of other bars of similar size. The Prince William County Bar Association has been honored to receive numerous Awards of Merit, and Certificates of Achievement, (a lesser, but noteworthy honor), over the years. The Awards are on display in the Bar Association Office, and are listed below:

  • 2017-2018 — Award of Merit   Enhanced & Expanded Community Service Programming A concerted effort to highlight and increase our impact in the community
  • 2016-2017 —Award of Merit   The Loving Story Documentary A multi-bar project featuring the viewing of a documentary about the Supreme Court Case that struck down laws against interracial marriage
  • 2015-2016 — Award of Merit  Wills for Veterans Program A will drafting program for Veterans
  • 2015-2016 — Certificate of Achievement  Access to Justice Summit A program to highlight and encourage support of Pro bono programs
  • 2013-2014 — Award of Merit  Library Learning Series monthly law related public education programs at the public library
  • 2013-2014 — Certificate of Achievement  “Appearing in Court without a Lawyer: A Guide for Pro Se Litigants” public education brochure distributed through the General District and Circuit Courts
  • 2013-2014 — Certificate of Achievement  “What You Need to Know about Prince William County Juvenile Court” public education brochure distributed through the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court and Juvenile Intake Offices
  • 2012-2013 — Certificate of Achievement  Breakfast at S.E.R.V.E. Program preparing and serving breakfast at the local homeless shelter on the last Sunday of every month
  • 2011-2012 — Award of Merit  “So You’re 18” Sustained Project An educational program for high school seniors conducted for 13 consecutive years
  • 2011-2012 — Award of Merit   Holly Acres Pro Bono Project Providing Legal assistance for flood victims
  • 2011-2012 — Certificate of Achievement  Books for Troubled Teens Providing lending libraries in juvenile shelters
  • 2011-2012 — Certificate of  Achievement   Historic Preservation Project Collecting the history of the PWCBA and the impact of lawyers on the local community
  • 2010-2011 — Award of Merit    Introduction to Practicing Law in the Prince William County Courthouse A CLE/mentoring/recruitment program
  • 2009-2010 — Certificate of  Achievement  Wills for Heroes A will drafting program for first responders  
  • 2009-2010 — Certificate of Achievement   Arthur Meets the President An elementary school reading program
  • 2008-2009 — Award of Merit  NOVA Bar Directory A combined membership directory for the four Northern Virginia Local Bar Associations
  • 2008-2009 — Certificate of Achievement  Hanging Out a Shingle Program A CLE program for starting a law practice
  • 2008-2009 — Certificate of Achievement  Modest Means Program  A low cost legal services program
  • 2007-2008 — Award of Merit  Middle School Court Tours Project A court tour/mock trial project for area middle school students
  • 2006-2007 — Award of Merit  Circuit Court Conciliators Program Alternative dispute resolution of civil discovery disputes
  • 2006-2007 — Certificate of Achievement Senior Citizen’s Project An education program for senior citizens
  • 2005-2006 — Award of Merit   Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court Conciliators Program Alternative dispute resolution of contested issues
  • 2004-2005 — Award of Merit   General District Court Comparative Jurisdiction Seminar A multi-jurisdictional CLE focused on GDC Court procedures in Arlington, Alexandria, Fairfax and Prince William Counties
  • 2003-2004 — Award of Merit   “Guardian ad litem for Children” Public Education Brochure An educational brochure about the role of a Guardian ad litem
  • 2003-2004 — Award of Merit   Circuit Court and General District Court Time Savers Manuals General civil and criminal procedure guidelines for attorneys appearing in Prince William Courts
  • 2002-2003 — Award of Merit   New Website Website that featured searchable indexes to facilitate public access to an attorney
  • 2002-2003 — Certificate of Achievement  Beat the Odds Program and Award Celebration A scholarship program for at risk youth
  • 2002-2003 — Certificate of Achievement Legislative Issues Forum  A program to foster educational, non-partisan discussion of Virginia legislative issues
  • 2001-2002 — Award of Merit  “You and Your Court Appointed Attorney” Public Education Brochure An educational brochure about working with court appointed attorneys
  •  2001-2001 — Award of Merit Uncontested Divorce Project A program to provide pro bono uncontested divorces to qualified individuals
  • 2000-2001 — Certificate of Achievement  Pro bono Reception  A program to recognize and affirm the pro bono efforts of members of the PWCBA
  • 1999-2000 — Certificate of Achievement  “So You’re 18” Law Day 2000 An educational program for high school seniors
  • 1994-1995 — Award of Merit  Mock Trial A mock criminal trial for high school students


Photos of PWCBA Members and activities around Manassas, Virginia 2021 and 2022