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Virginia State Bar Recognized Robert J. Stoney for His Pro Bono, Court-Appointed Work

Jun 01, 2009 Lawyers who have done significant pro bono or court-appointed work in Brunswick, Fairfax, and Franklin counties are being recognized by the Virginia State Bar with Circuit Awards.

The awards are part of an ongoing pilot project, now in its third year, to recognize extraordinary contributions to the Virginia judicial system by lawyers in selected circuits. Recipients were nominated by lawyers in their home circuits. Awards will be presented in ceremonies in each designee’s jurisdiction.

The 2009 recipients are: . . .

Robert J. Stoney, with the Fairfax firm of Blankingship & Keith PC, in the 19th Circuit. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and a law degree from the College of William and Mary.

According to the nomination letter from his firm, Stoney began representing pro bono clients in criminal and civil matters as soon as he began practicing, and continued for over two decades. “His cases have involved cutting-edge legal theories and those that simply — and importantly — provide relief for those individuals who would not have had … counsel” without his efforts.

His cases have involved evictions, three death penalty appeals, domestic violence, and litigation over denied insurance coverage after an automobile accident. He spends 50 to 100 hours per year on pro bono cases. He also takes a case or two each year for no fee, and the client donates what would have been the fee to legal aid. He mentors associates in his firm who do pro bono work, and he has helped lead several organizations that promote legal services for indigent persons.

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