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The Hon. Jerrauld C. Jones ’80 Receives Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Award

On Friday, Feb. 13, The Hon. Jerrauld C. Jones, a 1980 graduate of the Washington and Lee University School of Law, received the 2015 Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Award from the The Virginia State Bar Criminal Law Section. Jerrauld sits on the Circuit Court of the City of Norfolk.

The award was named for the former Virginia Supreme Court chief justice who promoted the ideals of professionalism during his 42 years on the state’s highest court.

On the organization’s website, Virginia State Bar President Kevin E. Martingayle, who nominated Jerrauld for the honor, says, “I have seen Judge Jones function as a legislator, lawyer and member of the judiciary. He is consistently focused, prepared, kind, insightful, compassionate and intelligent. He has been one of the finest legislators, lawyers and judges I have had the pleasure of knowing, and he has touched the lives of many in a consistently positive way.”

In 2005, Gov. Timothy M. Kaine appointed Jerrauld to the Norfolk Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court and to the circuit court in 2008. In 2009, the General Assembly elected him to a full eight-year term. He served in the Virginia House of Delegates from the 89th District and was re-elected eight times. He was a member of the House Rules Committee. He served as the first African-American law clerk to the Supreme Court of Virginia and later returned to Norfolk as an assistant commonwealth’s attorney before opening his private law practice. He stayed in private practice until 2002 when Gov. Mark Warner appointed him state director of juvenile justice. He also served on the State Advisory Group on Juvenile Justice and the Governor’s Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice.