McGuireWoods LLP, along with a number of other law firms and business leaders
in Richmond, announced today that best-selling author John Grisham will be in
Richmond on Thursday, November 13, to host “A Benefit for Legal Aid.” As a
highlight of the event, Grisham will be auctioning off the right to name a
character in one of his up-coming novels.
The after-hours reception at Toad’s Place will raise funds for the Central
Virginia Legal Aid Society and the Legal Aid Justice Center, two local
organizations with a single mission of providing no-cost legal representation to
those in need in Central Virginia.
As part of the evening’s activities, Grisham will also be delivering remarks
about his career and the importance of Legal Aid. In addition, Virginia First
Lady Anne Holton, a legal aid lawyer in Richmond for ten years before becoming a
juvenile court judge, will also be recognized her years’ of service to the legal
“Many people in our community are one paycheck away from poverty, and can not
afford a lawyer to stop their eviction, gain needed benefits or protect the
custody of their children,” said Richard Cullen, chairman of McGuireWoods, a major sponsor of the event. “That’s why
Legal Aid is so invaluable. We need to ensure these two organizations stay
strong on the point, and back them up with many private lawyers as Legal Aid
The fundraiser will be held at 6:30pm on Thursday, November 13 at Toad’s
Place, 140 Virginia Street in Shockoe Bottom. Tickets for the event may be
purchased at the door the night of the event for $45.00.
Other sponsors of the event include Dominion, Altria, LeClair Ryan, Williams
Mullen, Troutman Sanders, and Hunton & Williams.