The Virginia State Bar has selected McGuireWoods Richmond associate Alicia Penn as the 2023 recipient of the R. Edwin Burnette Jr. Young Lawyer of the Year Award.
The award, presented by the Virginia State Bar’s Young Lawyers Conference (YLC), recognizes young lawyers who demonstrate dedicated service to the conference, the legal profession and the community. In presenting Penn with the award, the YLC applauded her commitment to making the legal profession more equitable and accessible, most notably through her adjunct teaching and her mentoring of minority students and young lawyers.
Penn co-chairs the annual YLC bench-bar dinner and previously co-chaired the bench-bar conference. Last year, she received the YLC Significant Service Award for her work on the bench-bar conference, along with then-co-chair Maricris Prendingue, a McGuireWoods associate in Washington, D.C.
A member of McGuireWoods’ Business & Securities Litigation Department, Penn represents clients in business litigation, commercial litigation and appeals. She is a 2019 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, where she participated in the appellate litigation clinic, and she is a former clerk for Supreme Court of Virginia Chief Justice S. Bernard Goodwyn.
“It’s an incredible honor to be recognized by the Virginia State Bar, especially so early in my career. I look forward to continuing my service to the legal profession and the community for many years to come,” Penn said.