The Local Government Paralegals Association (LGPA) of Virginia recently named Judy Combs, paralegal for the Winchester City Attorney’s Office, as the 2018 Paralegal of the Year during its annual conference.
The Paralegal of the Year Award recognizes “an individual LGPA member whose on-the-job achievements have contributed to the promotion and expansion of the paralegal profession, including contributions to his or her employer and colleagues and the paralegal profession in general.” It is granted by a panel of three appointed LGPA member judges who review each candidate carefully to determine whether the candidate meets the following criteria:
- Work[s] to promote and/or educate the legal community as to benefits and utilization of paralegals;
- Consistently demonstrate[s] knowledge of the law, perseverance in their attorneys' clients, possesses superior paralegal skills, and exemplify a commitment and overall attitude that is an inspiration to other paralegals;
- Possess[es] high ethical standards within the legal community.
The LGPA is comprised of thirty-six member localities, governmental agencies, and private law firms providing services to local governments. The annual conference was held October 3-5 at the George Washington Hotel in Winchester and was attended by paralegals from City, County, Town, and Commonwealth’s Attorneys Offices from across the state.
Judy is a longstanding and well-respected member of the LGPA and served as an officer and member of the Board of Directors for the organization until 2012. Judy has served the City of Winchester for nearly 20 years as the Paralegal to the City Attorney and has been nominated for numerous awards and recognized for her many accomplishments. City Attorney Anthony Williams said, "Congratulations to Judy for being honored by her peers for the outstanding work that she continues to provide to the City of Winchester and its citizens.”