Lawyers Helping Lawyers, a non-profit organization providing confidential support to Virginia lawyers experiencing challenges involving mental health, substance abuse, and other impairment issues, recognized Prof. Susan Grover of William & Mary Law School with the James R. Treese Award at its Fall Retreat at Wintergreen Resort. The Treese Award honors exemplary personal dedication to members of the legal community struggling with impairment issues.
Grover’s extensive engagement in programs assisting legal professionals with substance abuse and mental health issues includes work on the ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs, leadership of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Survey (reaching 14,000 attorneys in Virginia), and service on the Board of Directors of Lawyers Helping Lawyers. At William & Mary Law School, she organized the first student chapter of Lawyers Helping Lawyers, an innovation that has now reached every law school in Virginia.
Grover earned her undergraduate degree in English at Hollins College and her J.D. at Georgetown University Law Center, where she was Executive Editor of the Georgetown Law Journal. She joined the William & Mary Law School Faculty in 1988. She served as the College of William & Mary’s Director of Equal Opportunity from 2002 to 2007 and currently serves as Vice Provost for Academic and Faculty Affairs.
The Law School Class of 2011 honored Grover with the Walter L. Williams, Jr., Memorial Teaching Award for outstanding teaching. In 2013 she received the John Marshall Award for demonstrating character, leadership, and a spirit of selfless service to the Law School community.
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