The Dorsey Award recognizes exceptional work by a public defender or legal aid lawyer. The Award was established as a tribute to the late Charles H. Dorsey, Jr., long-time Executive Director of Maryland's Legal Aid Bureau, Inc., a champion of the poor and underprivileged and, at the time of his death, the Chair-Elect of the Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division. Eligible recipients are lawyers who serve indigent persons, in the employ of legal aid bureaus, indigent defense, or Legal Services Corporation funded legal organizations providing legal service to the disadvantaged. To be eligible, nominees must be employed by an entity that receives government funding.
SUBMITTING A NOMINATION
Please send 16 copies of your nomination package to:
John J. Copelan, Jr.
Chair, Awards Committee
ABA Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division
740 15th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005-1022
Nominee Information Required*
- Full name, title, address, telephone number, e-mail address of nominee, and percentage of funding provided to the nominee's office by the government.
- Summary of nominee's outstanding service and/or achievements (25 to 100 words).
- Detailed narrative explanation of the nominee's service including the following information: how the nominee's service is outstanding, significant and "above the call of duty”; the time frame of the service; and assessment of the impact of the extraordinary service. (600 to 800 words).
- Names, titles and phone numbers of three other persons who are familiar with nominee's achievements.
- Specifically for the nominator: provide contact information and a brief statement about yourself including any information that would assist the Awards Committee in evaluating the nomination.
* The Awards Committee is unable to review supplemental materials in addition to what is required above (e.g., videos, CDs, DVDs, audio cassettes, newspaper clippings).
Past Dorsey Award Recipients
1996 Katharine Krause, Los Angeles, CA (presented posthumously)
1997 Daniel T. Goyette, Louisville, KY and Archibald R. Murray, New York, NY
1998 Judy Clarke, Spokane, WA
1999 Robert Bensing, Atlanta, GA (presented posthumously)
2000 Robert A. Bertisch, Palm Beach Gardens, FL
2001 Jonathan D. Asher, Denver, CO and Joseph W. DuRocher, Orlando, FL
2002 James A. Wayne, Sr., Baton Rouge, LA
2003 Robert C. Oberbillig, Des Moines, IA
2004 Martha B. Dicus, Charleston, SC
2005 Bryan D. Shaha, Greeley, CO
2006 Jeff Adachi, San Francisco, CA and Lawrence M. Sullivan, Wilmington, DE
2007 Lucien B. Campbell, San Antonio, TX
2008 Jeremy Lane, Minneapolis, MN and Julie Levin, Kansas City, MO
2009 Nicholas Chiarkas, Madison, WI
2010 Kenneth Babcock, Santa Ana, CA
2011 Toby J. Rothschild, Los Angeles, CA
2012 Seymour W. James, Jr., New York, NY