Nelson Award

Nelson Award

The Nelson Award was established as a tribute to the late L. Clair Nelson, who served as a Council member of the Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division. He contributed his loyalty, time and extraordinary talent to American Bar Association activities and held numerous leadership positions within the ABA. The Award recognizes outstanding contributions to the ABA by a government or public sector lawyer, and all government and public sector lawyers are eligible nominees. The Division will consider an individual's specific extraordinary accomplishments as well as sustained superior contributions to the ABA over a number of years.

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 Nelson Award Recipients

1994

L. Clair Nelson, Washington, DC (presented posthumously)

1995

Charles H. Dorsey, Baltimore, MD (presented posthumously)

1996

John W. Witt, San Diego, CA

1997

Members of the Task Force on Government Lawyer Participation in the ABA: General E.E. Anderson, Vienna, VA; Neil R. Eisner, Ky P. Ewing, Jr., Karen Hastie Williams, Otto J. Hetzel, and Margaret Colgate Love, Washington, DC

1998

Major Michael Warner Meadows, Charlottesville, VA

1999

Pamila Brown, Baltimore, MD

2000

Richard P. Lynch, Shepherdstown, WV

2001

John Jay Douglass, Houston, TX

2002

Sharon E. Pandak, Prince William County, VA

2003

Judge John R. Tunheim, Minneapolis, MN

2004

David J. DeVries, Harrisburg, PA

2005

David C. Caylor, Irving, TX

2006

John J. Copelan, Jr., Tallahassee, FL

2007

David A. Anderson, Dunn Loring, VA

2008

Judge Ellen F. Rosenblum, Salem, OR

2009

Allen Giles, Minneapolis, MN

2010

Randolph Tritell, Washington, DC

2012

Darcee S. Siegel, North Miami Beach, FL

2013

Pauline A. Weaver, Fremont, CA

2014

Margaret Kuroda Masunaga

Read more about the 2014 Nelson Award winner.

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