Nomination Guidelines

2014 ABA Harrison Tweed Award
Nomination Criteria and Application Requirements

OVERVIEW
Named for an outstanding leader in the promotion of free legal services to the poor, the Harrison Tweed Award was created in 1956 to recognize the extraordinary achievements of state and local bar associations that develop or significantly expand projects or programs to increase access to civil legal services to poor persons or criminal defense services to indigents.

AWARD CRITERIA
Any local or state bar association in the United States that has:

1. Developed or significantly expanded a project or program for providing access to legal services for the poor

or

2. Demonstrated long term excellence in maintaining projects or programs providing such access may apply or be nominated, provided that such bar association has not been a recipient of the award for the same or a substantially similar program within the past 10 years. Nominations are particularly encouraged with respect to associations that have developed programs for joint involvement of the private bar with organized legal services or public defender programs.

AWARD YEAR
This Award will be presented at the August 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Bar Association in Boston, Massachusetts, in recognition of work accomplished during the period from April 1, 2013 through March 21, 2014. Projects which began prior to April 1, 2013 will be considered if substantial services have been provided during the April 1, 2013 through March 31, 2014 period.

NOMINATION APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS
Pro bono programs, legal services offices, public defender programs, individual lawyers and the public are encouraged to nominate state or local bar associations for the award. Such bar associations may also submit their own applications. To ensure completeness of your nomination packet, it should include:

  1. Nomination Information Sheet: Complete and submit the online nomination form.
  2. Nomination Narrative: In no more than five single-spaced pages, provide specific, concrete examples of the nominee’s performance of as many of the following criteria as apply:
    1. a detailed description of the project, the date the project began, and specific, quantifiable data regarding project accomplishments;
    2. a description of the types and the names of staff hired and the amount of time they devote to the project. If no staff is utilized by the project, a detailed description of the amount of time devoted to the project by volunteers;
    3. if the project provides direct services to clients, a description of the rules of eligibility for the services, including the types of cases handled and courts in which counsel appeared;
    4. a description of the relationship between the bar project and any existing legal services or public defender offices;
    5. any information regarding the impact the bar project has had upon the client community, the community in general, or the development of law in the jurisdiction; and
    6. a description of the specific role of the organized bar in the development and operation of the project.
  3. Articles/Letters: You may submit up to 10 news articles written by or about the project or program and no more than 5 letters of support from individuals or organizations.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  1. The nomination form and your supporting materials constitute the sole basis for the nomination.
  2. The limitation on articles and letters of support will be observed. If more than 10 articles or 5 letters of support are submitted, the Committee staff will determine which will be included with the final nomination packet under consideration by Committee members.
  3. Nominations must be submitted via email.
    1. Send the nomination through the online nomination form and send all supporting materials to Tamaara Piquion.
    2. When sending any supporting materials, include the nominee's name in the subject line. Format: 2014 HT Award Nomination for Nominee’s Name
    3. Articles can be submitted via live URL links or PDF files.
  4. Please Note: Only bar associations are eligible for this award. A separate award sponsored by the National Conference of Bar Foundations exists for bar foundations. For more information on that award go to: http://www.ncbf.org/about_us/index.cfm?action=awards

SELECTION PROCESS
Nominations will be judged by a joint committee appointed by the Chair of the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants and the President of the National Legal Aid and Defender Association, co–sponsors of the award. All decisions of the joint committee will be final and binding.

DEADLINE/TIMETABLE
Nomination forms and all supporting materials must be sent via e-mail to Tamaara Piquion by the close of business on Tuesday, April 1, 2014. No extensions will be granted.

The Committee will select award recipients in May 2014. All nominators will be notified about the status of their nomination as soon as possible after selections are made.

QUESTIONS?
If you have any questions, please email Tamaara Piquion or call (312) 988-5767.

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