Press Releases


 September 7th, 2015

More information:      Nadine Slocum, Legislative Aide



                  Mt Vernon, VA – Delegate Scott Surovell (D-44) was recognized as one of 2015’s “Leaders in Law” honorees by Virginia Lawyers Weekly.

            This award honors the top 30 Virginia of Virginia's 25,000 attorneys or other community members who "have a significant accomplishment or achievement to the practice of law in Virginia, significant achievements through the practice of law, leadership in improving the justice system and important contributions to Virginia’s legal community and/or the community at large."  Honorees must also demonstrate leadership in the community and passion about improving the lives of others.  According to Virginia Lawyers Weekly, "Since its creation a decade ago, this honor and award is given to those who raise the bar for lawyers in the Commonwealth."  Delegate Surovell is the youngest member of the entire class. 

            This year, Delegate Scott A. Surovell (D-Mt. Vernon) and Republican Delegate James M. LeMunyon (R-Chantilly) were presented with this award in honor of to their efforts to defeat HB 1393, which proposed to exempt government records relating to executions including the identity of the people and entities compounding drugs use in executions.  The legislation passed the State Senate 23-14, but died on the floor of the House of Delegates on a bipartisan 42-56 vote.  Delegate Surovell's comments during the floor debate of the legislation can be viewed here -

            “I am both honored and humbled to be considered for this esteemed award. Justice Louis Brandeis once said that 'sunshine was the best disinfectant' and I cannot think of a more important government process that requires public scrutiny.  Virginians deserve to know how their government is spending their money and making its decisions, and HB 1393 was not a bill that upheld that ideal,” Delegate Surovell stated.  "I was proud to work in a bipartisan fashion with my 2009 classmate Delegate Jim Lemunyon to help defeat the legislation."  

            The “Leader of the Year” will be voted on by the 2015 honorees and then presented to the winner at an awards banquet in late October, 2015. 

            Virginia Lawyers Weekly's press release is attached and more information can be obtained online at