New York — September 11, 2009 — Hunton & Williams LLP is pleased to announce The American Lawyer named George H. Hettrick, firm partner and chair of the firm's Community Service Committee, a 2009 Lifetime Achiever. The annual award recognizes lawyers who have made significant contributions to public service while also building an outstanding legal practice. Hettrick will be honored at the magazine's Sixth Annual Awards Dinner on Oct. 28, 2009, in New York City.

"We congratulate George on this well-deserved honor," said Wally Martinez, managing partner of the firm. "I don’t believe there is anyone more committed to the ideals of pro bono service than George. His enthusiasm is contagious and thanks to his leadership, nearly 100 percent of our US lawyers participated in our pro bono program last year, donating nearly 73,000 hours."

Following a 25-year career as a corporate finance lawyer, Hettrick took on the challenge of leading the firm's pro bono practice on a full-time basis. One of his first contributions was to institute pro bono committees in most of the firm's offices to coordinate efforts in their local communities. Under Hettrick's guidance, the firm has taken its pro bono activities in many new directions, including the dedication of more than 2,000 pro bono hours to the national Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program; representation in international child abduction litigation and in asylum cases; involvement in children and victims’ rights; and assistance for nonprofits across the country.

Hettrick's proudest accomplishments include the creation of neighborhood-based pro bono offices for the firm in the Church Hill area of Richmond, and in Charlottesville, Va., in partnership with the University of Virginia; and the establishment of two full-time pro bono fellowships for lawyers whose time is entirely committed to pro bono work.

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