Loudoun Prosecutor Awarded for Work Combating Domestic Violence

Loudoun Senior Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Gigi Lawless is the 2016 recipient of the Virginia S. Duvall Distinguished Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court Prosecutor Award.

The award, presented by the The Virginia Association of Commonwealth’s Attorneys, is named for the late “Ginny” Duvall, a former Chesterfield County deputy commonwealth’s attorney. It is presented to a prosecutor who works tirelessly to improve the juvenile justice system and the prosecution of cases involving domestic violence, child abuse, child sexual assault and elder abuse.

Lawless, who also is Loudoun’s Victim and Witness Assistance Program director, was the eighth recipient of the award. Lawless is a key member of Loudoun County’s Domestic Abuse Response Team DART, which assists in coordinating a county-wide response to domestic violence. Additionally, she was part of a multi-disciplinary team that developed a Child Advocacy Center for Loudoun County. She is often seen working in conjunction with the Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter to ensure the safety of victims of domestic violence.

“Ms. Lawless is an invaluable part of Loudoun County’s prosecution team, and her trial skills are particularly noteworthy,” Commonwealth’s Attorney Jim Plowman stated. “She has successfully tried some of the most difficult cases in this office involving both child and adult victims.”

“I can’t think of many people more dedicated to their work and more worthy of this recognition,” Plowman said.

Lawless is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and The University of Memphis, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. Prior to joining the Loudoun County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office in 2003, she served as an assistant district attorney general for the City of Nashville and Davidson County, TN, and as a public defender in Nashville, TN.

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