About the Rosner & Rosner Young Lawyers Professionalism Award


The award recognizes and encourages young lawyers who are dedicated to lawyer professionalism. The award is supported by the Rosner and Rosner Justice Fund and administered by the Center for Professional Responsibility. The fund and award are named by donor Seth Rosner in honor and in memory of his partners, Oscar S. Rosner, his father, and Jonathan L. Rosner, his brother. The award honors young lawyer commitment to legal and judicial ethics, lawyer professionalism, client protection and professional regulation. The award recipient receives a lifetime complimentary membership in the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility, complimentary registration for the Center’s National Professional Responsibility Conference, and a complimentary one-year subscription to the web-based version of the ABA/BNA Lawyers’ Manual on Professional Conduct.

The award is presented during the National Conference of Bar Presidents, National Association of Bar Executives and National Conference of Bar Foundations Annual Awards Luncheon held each August during the ABA Annual Meeting.  Luncheon tickets for the award recipient and one guest will be provided.  In addition, the recipient will be reimbursed up to $500 in travel expenses.

Representatives of the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility and the ABA Young Lawyers Division serve on the selection committee. Nominations are accepted until March 31.



2014 Award Recipient


Thomasina N. Real Bird is a Senior Associate at the Louisville, CO. law firm of Fredericks Peebles & Morgan LLP.  The firm is dedicated to representation of American Indian tribes and organizations throughout the United States. 

A member of the Yankton Sioux Tribe (Ihanktonwan Nakota), and a descendant of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe (Sicangu Lakota), Ms. Real Bird received a B.A. in Native American Studies and M.A. in Sociology from Stanford University and her Juris Doctorate from Columbia University in New York. She serves as general counsel to her own tribe and works with the tribal business and claims committee, tribal officials, and members of the general council to promote governance and economic development initiatives as well as promotion and protection of tribal land holdings, tribal sovereignty, and jurisdiction.  She also serves on the Wiciyena Community Development Board that stimulates community development in the areas of culture, food sovereignty, health, education, spirituality, and career development. 

Ms. Real Bird is the 2013 recipient of Native American 40 Under 40 Award from the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development, recognizing leadership, initiatives and dedication to achieve significant contributions to Native communities throughout North America. She is a member of the Colorado Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, Colorado Indian Bar Association, Boulder County Bar Association, and American Bar Association.

“The Firm and its clients are very fortunate to have such a dedicated professional like Thomasina working to make sure we can continue to serve our clients with the highest levels of service, integrity, and adherence to the professional rules of responsibility,” noted Partner Leonika R. Charging in her nomination of Ms. Real Bird.  The Rosner & Rosner Justice Fund honors her commitment to professionalism with this Award.