Howard Gwynn Recognized for Work in Criminal Justice for Virginia

Newport News, VA – January 28, 2024 – The Newport News Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office is thrilled to announce that Howard E. Gwynn, the Commonwealth’s Attorney for Newport News, has been selected as the recipient of the prestigious 2024 Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Award. This esteemed accolade, presented annually by the Virginia State Bar, recognizes individuals who have made notable contributions to the improvement of the criminal justice system in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Howard Gwynn, a dedicated public servant and a pillar of the legal community, has been serving as Newport News Commonwealth’s Attorney since his election in 1990. With a career spanning over 42 years, Gwynn has established himself as a steadfast advocate for justice and a beacon of professionalism within the legal profession.



Under Howard Gwynn’s leadership, the Newport News Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, has demonstrated a strong commitment to upholding the law, safeguarding the rights of Newport News citizens, and promoting the highest ethical standards. The Office’s mission, under Gwynn’s leadership, is rooted in serving the community by prosecuting criminal offenses while also working to prevent crime through various innovative programs and community outreach initiatives.



The Virginia State Bar, in selecting Howard Gwynn for the 2024 Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Award, said that those who nominated Gwynn noted his exceptional dedication to legal ethics, his tireless efforts to ensure equitable justice, and his unwavering commitment to fostering a sense of trust and respect within the legal field. Gwynn was nominated for the award by dozens of people including judges, attorneys, and other citizens whose lives he has impacted.



“I am profoundly honored and humbled to receive the Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Award,” stated Howard Gwynn. “This recognition is also a testament to the collaborative efforts from our staff at the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, who work diligently each day to seek justice for our community.”

The Newport News Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office congratulates Howard Gwynn on this well-deserved honor and expresses its gratitude for his outstanding contributions to the legal profession and the Newport News community.



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The Newport News Commonwealth’s Attorney prosecutes criminal cases that occur within the City of Newport News, on behalf of the citizens of the Commonwealth. The elected Commonwealth’s Attorney is Mr. Howard E. Gwynn.