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John E. Whitfield

Blue Ridge Legal Services
Executive Director/General Counsel
Harrisonburg, VA
John Whitfield has served as the executive director of Blue Ridge Legal Services, the legal aid society serving the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, since 1989. Prior to becoming the executive director, he served as a summer law clerk, , a staff attorney, and supervising attorney since first joining the organization in 1980. He currently serves as co-chair of the Virginia Access to Justice Commission. He was the 1998 recipient of the Virginia State Bar's Legal Aid Award, and he was inducted as a Fellow of the Virginia Law Foundation in 2009. He is a 1977 graduate of the University of Virginia's College of Arts and Sciences, and a 1981 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law. He is a native and resident of Staunton Virginia. Of his various endeavors, the one that is dearest to his heart is performing as the guitarist for a 60's rock band, Little Walter & the Convictions.