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
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
1996Katharine Krause, Los Angeles, CA (presented posthumously)
1997Daniel T. Goyette, Louisville, KY and Archibald R. Murray, New York, NY
1998Judy Clarke, Spokane, WA
1999Robert Bensing, Atlanta, GA (presented posthumously)
2000Robert A. Bertisch, Palm Beach Gardens, FL
2001Jonathan D. Asher, Denver, CO and Joseph W. DuRocher, Orlando, FL
2002James A. Wayne, Sr., Baton Rouge, LA
2003Robert C. Oberbillig, Des Moines, IA
2004Martha B. Dicus, Charleston, SC
2005Bryan D. Shaha, Greeley, CO
2006Jeff Adachi, San Francisco, CA and Lawrence M. Sullivan, Wilmington, DE
2007Lucien B. Campbell, San Antonio, TX
2008Jeremy Lane, Minneapolis, MN and Julie Levin, Kansas City, MO
2009Nicholas Chiarkas, Madison, WI
2010Kenneth Babcock, Santa Ana, CA
2011Toby J. Rothschild, Los Angeles, CA
2012Seymour W. James, Jr., New York, NY
2013Steven Gottlieb, Atlanta, GA
2014Harrison D. McIver III, Memphis, TN