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RuyakCherian Associate Receives Emerson G. Spies Award

Washington, D.C. January 27, 2020...The Virginia Bar Association (VBA) Young Lawyers Division (YLD), has honored Craig A. Hoovler with its Emerson G. Spies Award. The award acknowledges Mr. Hoovler’s “enthusiasm, loyalty and dedication in the work of the VBA and YLD in a given year.”

In bestowing the honor, 2019 YLD Chair Jennifer L. Ligon, who presented the award, said, “This year’s recipient has continuously embodied enthusiasm and dedication all year.” She noted that, “On the Monday following last year’s Annual Meeting [Jan 2019], Craig emailed to me a list of numerous ideas for the YLD, several of which have been successfully implemented,” Ligon said.

Among his many contributions, Mr. Hoovler took ownership of the YLD’s new legislative committee, proposed establishing regional social chairs to plan events for YLD members throughout the state, and ignited the discussion to amend the VBA bylaws to extend the age for young lawyers from 37 to 40, which has since taken effect.

In accepting his award, Craig emphasized the important work of the VBA-YLD. “The VBA is a tremendous organization for lawyers interested in lasting relationships and professional development. The YLD in particular serves newer attorneys interested in gaining opportunities for networking and mentorship. I am honored by this recognition, and very pleased to be a small part of its great work.”

Craig Hoovler is a litigation associate focused on intellectual property and commercial litigation for the law firm of RuyakCherian LLP in Washington, DC.


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