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LEGAL COMMUNITY ACROSS VIRGINIA RAISES MORE THAN 1.4 MILLION POUNDS OF FOOD FOR THE NEEDY
~ Attorney General Herring makes Statewide Legal Food Frenzy a bipartisan tradition in his first year ~
RICHMOND--(May 14, 2014) Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced today that law firms, legal departments, government offices, and law schools across Virginia joined together to raise the equivalent of more than 1.4 million pounds of food for Virginia's hungry during a two-week drive in April. This year's contributions bring the total raised during the annual drive to more than 11.4 million pounds over its eight years.
"It was an honor to continue the Statewide Legal Food Frenzy with our excellent partners in the legal community and the worthy recipients at the Federation of Virginia Food Banks," said Attorney General Herring. "During this year's competition I had the chance to visit some of the incredible food bank facilities operated by the Federation and I was again amazed at the work they do every day to meet a serious need in our communities. At a time when donations are down and requests for assistance are up, every contribution can make a real impact in the lives of our fellow Virginians.
The Legal Food Frenzy, a collaboration between the Attorney General's office, the Young Lawyers Division of the Virginia Bar Association, and the Federation of Virginia Food Banks, pitted Virginia law firms and legal departments against each other in a competition to see who could raise the most food for food banks in their local communities.
This was Attorney General Herring's first year sponsoring the Legal Food Frenzy, following eight years of support from former Attorneys General Ken Cuccinelli, Bill Mims, and Bob McDonnell. Attorney General Herring participated in kick-off events in Richmond, Hampton Roads, and Northern Virginia to encourage law organizations to participate. The contest ran for the first two weeks in April and was open to all lawyers, their staffs, and members of the legal community across Virginia.
This year, the firm of B. Cullen Gibson from Norfolk took overall first place for the fourth consecutive year by raising 20,360 pounds per person, and as a result, won the coveted Attorney General's Cup. Attorney General Herring notified the firm of their victory with a phone call on Monday. The Office of the Attorney General retained its 'Urbanna Oyster Award' as the top contributor in the government and public sector category.
"Our heartfelt thanks to the legal community who has once again provided much needed food and funds to their local food banks at a very critical time" said Leslie Van Horn, Executive Director of the Federation of Virginia Food Banks, a partner state association of Feeding America. Last year, Federation members distributed almost 137 million pounds of food and grocery products to individuals in need of food assistance.
In addition to thanking the food drive coordinators and representatives across the state, Attorney General Herring offers a special thanks to Leslie Van Horn and the Virginia Bar Association's Young Lawyer's Division co-chairs Chris Gill from Christian & Barton, Derek Swanson from McGuireWoods, Lauren Wheeling from Williams Mullen, Stacey Forbes from Reed Smith, and Will Prince from ThompsonMcMullen for organizing the campaign.
Note: Pounds of food listed above and below are counted by both food and cash donations. Cash donations are converted using the formula of $1 = 4 pounds of food.
The winners of the 8th Annual Statewide "Legal Food Frenzy" Categories:
Attorney General's Cup Winner: Per Capita:
B. Cullen Gibson (Norfolk) 20,360 pounds per person
Small (1-20) Law Firm: Total Pounds: "The Brunswick Stew Award"
Roussos, Lassiter, Glanzer & Barnhart, P.L.C. (Norfolk) 20,600 pounds
Small (1-20) Law Firm: Per Capita: "The Shenandoah Apple Award"
Murphy & McGonigle, P.C. (Richmond) 1,184 pounds per person
Medium (21-100) Law Firm Total Pounds: "The James River Shad Award"
Christian & Barton LLP (Richmond) 99,995 pounds
Medium (21-100) Law Firm Per Capita: "The Hanover Tomato Award"
Christian & Barton LLP (Richmond) 1,205 pounds per person
Large (101 and up) Law Firm Total Pounds: "The Smithfield Ham Award"
McGuireWoods LLP (all locations) 275,039 pounds
Large (101 and up) Law Firm Per Capita: "The Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab Award"
Vandeventer Black LLP (all locations) 495 pounds per person
Sole Proprietor (1-2) Law Firm Total Pounds: "The Virginia Peanut Award"
Howell Law Group PLLC (Norfolk) 5,350 pounds
Law School Winner of Attorney General's Cup
William & Mary Law School (Williamsburg) 4,961 pounds
Government and Public Service Total Pounds: "The Urbanna Oyster Award"
Office of the Attorney General (Richmond) 68,215 pounds
Government and Public Service Per Capita "The Old Dominion Soybean Award"
Prince William County Attorney's Office 1,339 pounds per person
Legal Department Per Capita: "The Virginia Strawberry Award"
Norfolk Southern Corporation Legal Department (Norfolk) 682 pounds per person