Trigiani to Deliver ASL Commencement Address

Grundy, VA (April 28, 2017) — Alexandria Attorney Lucia Anna “Pia” Trigiani will be the commencement speaker during the Appalachian School of Law’s 17th graduation ceremonies, Saturday, May 6.

A total of 43 students are candidates for the degree of Juris Doctor. Commencement ceremonies will get underway at 11 a.m. at Riverview Elementary-Middle School, west of Grundy, Va., with a reception to follow in the courtyard on the ASL campus.

The Appalachian School of Law welcomed its first students in 1997 and graduated its charter class in 2000.

“We congratulate our class of 2017 on their achievements,” said ASL Dean Sandra McGlothlin. “We are proud of them and their hard work in the study of the law and we look forward to hearing more about their successes in the future as they apply the knowledge they have gained here at ASL to their future endeavors.”

The commencement speaker, Trigiani is no stranger to Southwest Virginia, having grown up in Southwest Virginia in Big Stone Gap. She is a sister of Best Selling Author Adriana Trigiani. She was educated in the Wise County Public School System before going on to Saint Mary’s College where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree. She earned her Juris Doctor degree at the University of Richmond in 1983.

Trigiani’s law practice today with MercerTrigiani, in Alexandria, Va., focuses on common interest ownership community association law; representation of community associations, real estate developers of common interest ownership community associations, Virginia real estate brokerage licensing law and legislative representation.

Trigiani is a member of the Virginia State Bar and Real Property Section Board of Governors area representative. She is also a member of the Alexandria Bar Association. A past member of the Virginia Bar Association Board of Governors (2007-12); she is also a past VBA president, 2011; president-elect, 2010; and chair, board of governors, 2009.

She currently serves on the Community Associations Institute College of Community Association Lawyers where she was a charter class member. She is also a member of the Common Interest Community Board; Washington Metropolitan Chapter Community Associations Institute; Commonwealth Human Services Foundation, board member 2010; and VCU Real Estate Circle of Excellence, 2012 to present.

Trigiani is a chapter author for the Virginia Continuing Legal Education Commercial Real Estate Transaction Manual and has also been an author or contributing author on other community associa-tion-related topics. She has also served as a Virginia Continuing Legal Education presenter.

She has been a member of, and continues to serve on, the Common Interest Community Board, since 2008; the Longwood University Board of Visitors, since 2014; Flint Hill School, member, Board of Trustees, since 2013; Virginia Free, since 2011; the Lead Virginia executive committee, since 2012; the Virginia Supreme Court Judicial Council, since 2012; Little Sisters of the Poor Advisory Board, since 2012; Commonwealth Catholic Charities Human Services Foundation Board, since 2010; and Saint Mary’s College Christian Culture Lecture Advisory Council, since 2006.

She is a past board member and officer for the Library of Virginia Foundation and is a faculty member for the Virginia State Bar Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Course; Virginia Horseshoe Initiative; Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee; Boyds Grave Conference; Virginia Continuing Legal Education; and the Virginia Housing Commission, Condominium Act Study Subcommittee, staff member.

Trigiani has been named to Virginia Super Lawyers for Real Estate; and has been AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell — the highest rating for legal ability and ethical standards.

She received the Virginia State Bar 2013 Traver Award for real estate education; the Alexandria Bar Association Donald F. Mela Distinguished Service Award in 2012; and was named to Best Lawyers in America for Real Estate Law, 2005-2016 editions; Washington D.C. Super Lawyers for Real Estate/Eminent Domain, 2007; Virginia Business Legal Elite by for Real Estate/Land Use, 2012, 2013 and administrative law, 2014; Virginia Lawyers Weekly Leader in the Law, 2012; and Virginia Lawyers Weekly Influential Woman of Virginia, 2009.

Trigiani received the Community Associations Institute President’s Award in 2013; Distinguished Service Award in 2009; Excellence in Government and Public Affairs Award in 2005; Rising Star Award in 2001; the Washington Metropolitan Chapter of Community Associations Institute Hall of Fame Award in 2009; and the Italian-American Business and Professional Societa, Inc. Hall of Fame award in 2011.

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