Nomination Process

Louis M. Brown Award for Legal Access

Award Criteria

The criteria were revised in 2007 to include the following points:

  1. Significant improvement of the delivery of legal services and information to moderate income people - 30 points

  2. Innovation in the development, funding or implementation of the delivery of legal services - 30 points

  3. The ability to replicate the program or project in other settings - 25 points

  4. Demonstrated success in the operation of the program or project - 15 points

  5. Demonstrated capacity to generate compensation for lawyers providing affordable legal services - 15 points

Nomination Information

To submit your nomination, please fill out the electronic Louis M. Brown Award for Legal Access Nomination Form. The form includes the following sections:

  1. Program Description

    Provide a brief (200 word or less) description of the project, program or individual being nominated. Be certain to identify the contribution made for the advancement of legal services access to those of moderate income. The description should also include information about the ability to replicate the program or project.

  2. Supporting Materials

    The nomination may include specific documentation and other materials, such as news articles, that demonstrate the nominee's contributions. If possible, please provide web links to articles, web pages, etc.

Nominations for the Brown Award for Legal Access are due no later than December 12, 2014.

Eligibility For Nomination

  • Nominations may be made by others, although self-nomination is encouraged;
  • Prior Brown Award recipients are not eligible to reenter in subsequent years. Individuals connected with such programs, however, are not precluded from nomination for a new program or project; and
  • Recipients of Meritorious Recognitions are eligible for subsequent nomination.

Selection Process

The ABA Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services will review the nominations and select the 2015 Brown Award recipient. The Award will be presented during the ABA Midyear Meeting in February 2015.

Meritorious Recognition Awards may be granted to additional nominees at the Committee's discretion. The Committee reserves the right not to present the Award in a given year.

Suitable nominees will be included in the Committee publication Profiles of Moderate Income Delivery Programs and featured on the Committee's website.

Brown Select

In addition to the Committee’s determination of the Brown Award recipient, we are introducing Brown Select, an opportunity for everyone to voice their choice through online voting. Brown Select will be presented to the Brown Award nominee that gets the most votes from the general public.