The Old Dominion Bar Association’s annual conference opened last Thursday with a special session of the Supreme Court of Virginia, where the African-American justices who have served on the state’s highest court were recognized. The honorees, left to right, retired Justice John Charles Thomas, Linda G. Hassell, widow of the late Chief Justice Leroy R. Hassell Sr., Justice Cleo E. Powell, and Justice S. Bernard Goodwyn.
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The president-elect of the American Bar Association praised the trailblazing accomplishments of the historic Old Dominion Bar Association at its 75th anniversary commemorative gala banquet Saturday night at a Henrico County conference center. “Those individuals who founded the Old Dominion Bar Association are the giants that have led us to where we are today,” Paulette Brown told the audience of 150 people that included state and federal lawmakers, judges and attorneys. “We stand on their shoulders. They opened doors for us and let us know that we are capable of doing great things,” she added.