Dorsey Award

Dorsey Award

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 email your nomination as a PDF document to gpsld@americanbar.org. Please put "Award Submission" in the subject line. Nominations are due by close of business on April 13, 2015.

Nominee Information Required*

  1. Full name, title, address, telephone number, e-mail address of nominee, and percentage of funding provided to the nominee's office by the government.
  2. Summary of nominee's outstanding service and/or achievements (25 to 100 words).
  3. 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).
  4. Names, titles and phone numbers of three other persons who are familiar with nominee's achievements.
  5. 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

2013

Steven Gottlieb, Atlanta, GA

2014

Harrison D. McIver III, Memphis, TN

Read more about the 2014 Dorsey Award winner.

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