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Legal community across Virginia raises more than 1.4 million pounds of food for the needy

- Winning law firm raised 18,750 pounds per person in Legal Food Frenzy campaign -

RICHMOND (May 10, 2012) - Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli announced today that 157 law firms and legal departments across Virginia joined together to raise more than 1.4 million pounds of food for Virginia's hungry during a two-week drive in April. The results of the sixth annual Legal Food Frenzy announced today bring the cumulative six-year total raised to the equivalent of more than 8.5 million pounds of food for Virginia's food banks.

The Legal Food Frenzy - a statewide competition and collaboration between the attorney general's office, the Virginia Bar Association, and the Federation of Virginia Food Banks - pitted Virginia law firms and legal departments against each other to see which could raise the most food for food banks in their local communities.

The attorney general sponsors the Legal Food Frenzy and hosts kick-off events around the commonwealth to encourage law firms to participate.

This year, the firm of B. Cullen Gibson from Norfolk took overall first place again by raising 18,750 pounds per employee (versus a winning 7,500 pounds in 2011) and won the Attorney General's Cup.

"Once again, the legal community of Virginia has responded to the urgent need of its local food banks. We are so grateful for the support of Attorney General Cuccinelli, the Virginia Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, and the thousands of individuals who are providing food to those in need," said Leslie Van Horn, executive director for the Federation of Virginia Food Banks, a partner state association of Feeding America, who helps the attorney general organize the campaign.

"Food banks around Virginia supply food to charities every day to feed the hungry, especially children and the elderly. Many of the charities that food banks supply don't just give food away. They try to help people learn new job skills, find jobs, and break the chains of poverty that hold them down. This kind of private charity helps make a healthier commonwealth for us all," said Cuccinelli.

The contest ran for two weeks in April and was open to all lawyers, their staffs, and members of the legal community across Virginia.

In addition to thanking the food drive coordinators and representatives across the state, the attorney general offers a special thanks to Leslie Van Horn and the Virginia Bar Association's Food Frenzy co-chairs, Chris Gill of Christian & Barton, Derek Swanson of McGuire Woods, LLP, and Virginia Robinson of Seyfarth Shaw, for organizing the campaign.

Note: Pounds of food listed above and below are counted by both food and cash donations. Cash donations are converted to the number of pounds of food they will provide.

Winners of the 6th annual statewide Legal Food Frenzy

Overall Winner: "Attorney General's Cup"
B. Cullen Gibson (Norfolk)                                   18,750 pounds per person

Small (1-20) Law Firm (total pounds): "The Brunswick Stew Award"
Murphy & McGonigle, P.C.  (Richmond)                 26,154 pounds

Small (1-20) Law Firm (per capita): "The Shenandoah Apple Award"
Schettine & Nguyen, PLC (Richmond)                    2,005 pounds per person

Medium (21-100) Law Firm (total pounds): "The James River Shad Award"
McCandlish Holton (Richmond)                            54,363 pounds

Medium (21-100) Law Firm (per capita): "The Hanover Tomato Award"
Prince William County Attorney's Office                 1,148 pounds per person

Large (101 and up) Law Firm (total pounds): "The Smithfield Ham Award"
McGuireWoods LLP (all locations)                      201,250 pounds

Large (101 and up) Law Firm (per capita): "The Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab Award"
Vandeventer Black LLP (all locations)                      463 pounds per person

Sole Proprietor (1-2) Law Firm (total pounds): "The Virginia Peanut Award"
Guidance Law Firm (Norfolk)                               3,625 pounds

Law School Winner of Attorney General's Cup (total pounds and per capita):
Univ. of Richmond School of Law (Richmond)       88,266 pounds, 177 pounds per person

Government and Public Service (total pounds): "The Urbanna Oyster Award"
Office of the Attorney General (Richmond)           122,239 pounds

Government and Public Service (per capita): "The Old Dominion Soybean Award"
Prince William County Attorney's Office                1,148 pounds per person

Legal Department (per capita): "The Virginia Strawberry Award"
Infilco Degremont, Inc. (Richmond)                     1,696 pounds per person

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