These awards have been expanded to honor local attorneys whose dedication has made a difference to the profession or the community. Winners will be honored at the Division’s 2009 Fall Meeting and National Solo & Small Firm Conference Awards Ceremony in Los Angeles, California. For a list of past winners, please go to http://www.abanet.org/genpractice/awards/diffmakers.html.
Applications must be submitted online or postmarked by August 15, 2009.
Difference Makers Award: This award honors deserving individuals: (a) who have made a difference in the local community, (b) who can’t otherwise qualify for any of the other Difference Makers Awards because that individual is not an attorney, and (c) who lives in the city or state where the Division is meeting and where the Difference Makers Awards dinner is being held.
Making a Difference by Breaking Barriers: This award honors an attorney living or deceased who broke barriers for gender, color, disabilities, or sexual orientation.
Making a Difference Through Community Service : This award honors an attorney living or deceased who made a significant lifetime contribution to the local community through community service ( not necessarily through bar work or pro bono work per se).
Making a Difference Through Pro Bono Work: This award honors an attorney, law firm, corporate legal department, government attorney office, or institution in the legal profession that has made an outstanding commitment to volunteer legal services for the poor and disadvantaged. Recognizes an outstanding local attorney or group that does pro bono work.
Making a Difference Through Service to the Profession : This award honors an attorney living or deceased who made a significant contribution to the legal profession through service to the profession. (i.e. frequent activities in bar associations, committees and services).
The ABA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division’s awards program is underwritten by the generous support of West, a Thomson Reuters business.
Jennifer Hilsabeck, Young Lawyers Committee Chair, reported to Division officers via email contact that the following two applicants were selected to receive a young lawyer fellowship for the 2010 bar year:
- Doris L. Gruntmeir, Muskogee, OK
- Sarah Sharp Theophilus, Sioux Falls, SD