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General Assembly resolution honors McLaughlin

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Henry McLaughlin III / March 03, 2011
A Halifax County native who practiced law here from 1966 to 1978 was honored with a joint resolution in the General Assembly for his longtime legal work on behalf of the poor and disenfranchised.

Henry McLaughlin III “tenaciously and tirelessly fights for the rights of tenants, homeowners facing foreclosure, survivors of domestic violence and victims of predatory lending” the resolution states.

His “pro bono efforts have helped many persons obtain attorneys to secure protective orders, no-fault divorces and emergency orders to stop impending evictions” it continues.

The resolution, introduced by Sen. Henry Marsh of Richmond, also cites a 2010 federal case against a mortgage lender who failed to follow regulations before trying to foreclose; the decision established a precedent requiring homeowners with Federal Housing Administration mortgages to be given the opportunity for a face-to-face meeting with the lender.

McLaughlin retired last year as executive director of Central Virginia Legal Aid. He is now in private practice in Richmond.

He received the Hill-Tucker Public Service Award in 2010 from the Bar Association of Richmond and was named a Leader of the Year by the Virginia Lawyers Weekly in 2009. He received the Virginia Bar’s Legal Aid Award in 1994 and its Pro Bono Publico Award in 1992.

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