The Ronald D. Hodges Award is presented annually to an individual who has made a significant and lasting contribution to the cooperative relationship between the sister professions of law and medicine.
Ron Hodges was an attorney who specialized in defending physicians, nurses and hospitals in medical malpractice litigation. He was a counselor, in every sense of the word, guiding the physicians and nurses who relied upon him through the personal and painful ordeal of litigation. Though Ron represented health professionals throughout the state, he had a special devotion to the University of Virginia Health System. He spent hours providing curbside consults, speaking to professional groups, and advising administrators, nurses and physicians without ever thinking about billing for his time. The legal and the medical professions lost a great friend and advocate when Ron unexpectedly passed away in 1998 at the age of fifty-three.
William H. Archambault, JD
The Trust is proud to announce that Mr. William H. “Bill” Archambault is the recipient of the 2019 Ron Hodges Award for Law & Medicine. Mr. Archambault retired in 2018 after providing 30 years of service to the Trust and to the physicians of the University of Virginia. During his tenure, Bill was General Counsel to the Trust as well as the primary trial attorney for any malpractice litigation involving University of Virginia physicians. In addition to serving as the physicians’ attorney, Bill was a counselor to all who needed help and support for any type of professional liability matter. Bill’s character and integrity were unquestioned, and he had the respect of all he worked both with and against. He was known in the Charlottesville legal community for his exceptional courtroom skills and successes and his warm personality. Additionally, his leadership abilities were well recognized by the local bar, and he led organizations including the Charlottesville Inns of Court. Everyone who knows Bill respects him, and he was a tremendous asset and credit to the Trust. A true gentleman and a physician counselor and advocate, Bill Archambault exemplifies the values and spirit of support we wish to recognize with the Hodges Award.