George H. Hettrick
Hunton & Williams LLP
Title: Chair, Pro Bono Leadership Committee
Education: Bachelor’s degree, Cornell University; law degree, Harvard University
Current professional activities: Lawyers Helping Lawyers, Greater Richmond Bar Foundation
Wife: Lee Ann Hettrick
Children: Heather Brugh, 44; Edward Hettrick, 43; Lauren Rosati, 24; Christopher Rosati Jr., 21
First job as a lawyer: An associate with Hunton & Williams LLP, then called Hunton, Williams, Gay, Powell & Gibson
Favorite vacation spot: Hatteras Island
Recently read: “Republican Gomorrah: Inside the Movement that Shattered the Party” by Max Blumenthal
Career mentor: George D. Gibson
Why is it important for lawyers to perform pro-bono work?
“There is a vast need for solving personal legal problems for people who cannot afford to hire a lawyer, and we have a monopoly on the professional skills needed to solve basic, simple legal needs. Examples of those needs include: divorce; adoption; name change; landlord/tenant disputes; Social Security, disability and unemployment claims; domestic violence and ensuing custody and support matters; and simple wills with powers of attorney and advance legal directives.”
How did you become involved in pro bono legal services?
“The leadership of my firm asked if I would undertake the assignment to institutionalize pro-bono practice for the firm.”