Retired Virginia Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth Bermingham Lacy to speak at the WFU School of Law Hooding Ceremony on Sunday, May 20

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Retired Virginia Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth Bermingham Lacy will be the speaker for the Wake Forest University School of Law Hooding Ceremony on Sunday, May 20.

The ceremony will be Lacy’s second recent appearance at the law school, as the Senior Justice also took part in the Journal of Law and Policy’s Spring Colloquium, “Gender and the Legal Profession: The Rise of Female Lawyers.”

The ceremony will be held at 1:45 p.m. in Wait Chapel, followed by the Dean’s Hooding Reception at 3 p.m. at the Forsyth Country Club.

Graduation exercises are scheduled for 9 a.m. on Monday, May 21, at Hearn Plaza (weather permitting). Tickets are required for guests. Learn more about hooding and graduation here.

Lacy became a Senior Justice of the Virginia Supreme Court upon her retirement from the bench in 2007. She had served on the Supreme Court as a Justice since 1989. Prior to beginning her tenure on the Supreme Court, Lacy was a judge for the Virginia State Corporation Commission and a Deputy Attorney General in the Virginia Office of the Attorney General’s Judicial Affairs Division. Since 2007, she has also served as the John Marshall Professor of Judicial Studies at the University of Richmond’s T.C. Williams School of Law.

After graduating from St. Mary’s College in 1966, Lacy went on attain her JD at the University of Texas School of Law in 1969. She returned to school later on in her career, earning an LLM degree from the University of Virginia in 1992.

Lacy has received numerous honors throughout her distinguished career. Most recently, these include the Virginia Bar Association Gerald L. Baliles Distinguished Service Award and the Hill Tucker Public Service Award from the Bar Association of the City of Richmond in 2008, the William B. Spong Memorial Award from the College of William and Mary’s George Wythe School of Law in 2005, and the Robert R. Merhige, Jr. Outstanding Achievement Award of the John Marshall American Inn of Court in 2002.