Associates Matt Kapinos and Derek
Swanson were recognized at the 121st Annual Meeting of the Virginia Bar
Association in January. Kapinos received the Emerson G. Spies Award, and Swanson
was elected to the Young Lawyers Division Executive Committee.
Kapinos was awarded the prestigious Emerson G. Spies Award, which recognizes
an individual member of the VBA’s Young Lawyers Division for enthusiasm, loyalty
and dedication in the work of the VBA during a given year. He received the honor
in connection with his groundbreaking "VBA Veterans Initiative," which he
organized along with fellow award winner Robert Barrett. The VBA Veterans
Initiative assists Virginia's veterans with their legal services needs by: (1)
raising money to support the Veterans Benefits Clinic, an existing program at
the College of William & Mary Law School that provides legal services to
veterans; and (2) recruiting attorney volunteers to serve in the VBA's Virginia
National Guard Project, through which legal assistance is provided to Virginia
National Guard personnel returning from service in Iraq and Afghanistan. Gov.
Bob McDonnell declared November "Virginia Veterans Legal Services Month."
Swanson was elected to the Young Lawyers Division Executive Committee, a
15-member governing body. He will help manage a variety of the division's pro
bono legal service initiatives and community service projects, and continue
serving as co-chair of the statewide Legal Food Frenzy.