Christy E. Kiely, an associate with the law firm of Hunton & Williams in Richmond, Virginia, has been selected to receive the American Inns of Court’s 2007 Sandra Day O’Connor Award for Professional Service. The award was presented at the American Inns of Court’s Celebration of Excellence, hosted by Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr., at the United States Supreme Court, on October 20, 2007.
The American Inns of Court established the Sandra Day O'Connor Award for Professional Service honoring an American Inn of Court member in practice ten or fewer years for excellence in public interest or pro bono activities. The purpose of the Award is to honor an Inn member each year for exemplary service and to honor Justice O'Connor for being the paragon of professional service throughout her distinguished career while exemplifying legal excellence, civility, ethics and professionalism.
Before joining Hunton & Williams’ labor and employment law practice, Kiely earned a bachelor’s degree from the College of William and Mary and her law degree from Duke University, with honors.
She immediately began her service to the community and bar. An active member of Virginia State Bar’s Young Lawyers Conference, Ms. Kiely has chaired several Young Lawyers Conference programs. She has chaired the Public Education Committee; the Admission and Orientation Committee, and the Domestic Violence Safety Project. The latter project was reinvigorated due to her efforts which included new pamphlets with valuable information for domestic violence victims and a statewide training program for attorneys who provide pro bono representation to those victims. She also chaired the “Students at the Capitol” program which brought hundreds of children from across the state to Richmond to learn about state government.
Kiely also serves as a mentor for the Richmond Bar Association’s Mentoring Program, volunteering several times throughout the year as a judge for moot court, client counseling and negotiation competitions at Virginia law schools. She is also an active barrister member of the John Marshall American Inn of Court in Richmond.
Recently, she received the R. Edwin Burnette, Jr., Young Lawyer of the Year Award from the Virginia’s Young Lawyer Conference. She has also been recognized by her law firm each year she has been in practice with the E. Randolph Williams Award for contributing more than 100 hours of pro bono service in a year.
The American Inns of Court Foundation, America’s oldest, largest and fastest growing mentoring organization presents national awards for excellence each October at the Celebration of Excellence held in the United States Supreme Court. Information about this event and gala banquet may be found at www.innsofcourt.org.
Pictured above: Christy E. Kiely, Esq. was presented the Sandra Day O'Connor Award for Professional Service by Justice Donald W. Lemons of the Supreme Court of Virginia.