ABA Partnership Awards

About Partnership Awards

The ABA Partnership Awards Program salutes bar association projects directed at increasing the participation and advancement of lawyers of color as well as other underrepresented constituents: attorneys with disabilities, women attorneys and those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. This annual awards program is open to all bar associations that can demonstrate how their efforts nurture diversity in the legal community.

Program submissions are reviewed by a panel of judges from the sponsoring organizations – ABA Standing Committee on Bar Activities and services, Hispanic National Bar Association, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, National Native American Bar Association and the National Bar Association.

Kathryn Grant Madigan, Chair
ABA Standing Committee on Bar Activities and Services


The evaluation criteria covers six areas:

  • Fulfills Partnership Awards Program goal of increasing racial and ethnic diversity in the legal profession;
  • Shows evidence of partnerships formed with other organizations to attain program objective;
  • Replicability of program;
  • Achievement of goals as measured by successful completion of/progress toward original purpose;
  • Overall quality of program, i.e. how well it was developed, planned, implemented, supported and evaluated; and
  • Novelty or creativity of program, i.e. did program introduce a new idea or approach for promoting diversity