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.



2013 Award Recipient


Tyronia (“Ty”) M. Smith

Tyronia (“Ty”) M. Smith is the Managing Partner at the Atlanta law firm of Chester Jennings & Smith, LLC with a practice focus on bankruptcy, business litigation and personal injury. 

She is a graduate of Wake Forest University and received her Juris Doctor from Wake Forest University School of Law.

After graduating from law school she practiced law at the Atlanta firm of Parker, Hudson, Rainer & Dobbs LLP.  She serves as a member of the ABA House of Delegates and as Vice Coordinator of the Membership Board for the ABA Young Lawyers Division. She is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Young Lawyers Division for the State Bar of Georgia and is the recipient of the Georgia Young Lawyers Division 2010 Public Service Award and the 2011 Ethics & Professionalism Award.  She is received the 2010 Star of the Quarter Award from the ABA Young Lawyers Division.   

She is recognized for her leadership and implementation of a variety of programs serving the legal community and the public. In 2009 she worked to create a network of young lawyers to address the legal needs of victims following widespread flooding in Georgia; she implemented a “Serving our Seniors” public service project to assist senior citizens with drafting advance directives and powers of attorney; and she is a founding member of the Judicial and Public Office Academy that serves to support, educate, and prepare African-American female attorneys who desire to run for elected public or judicial offices.

“Ms. Smith truly exemplifies professionalism and is an inspiration to the other members of the bar.”

Genie Iredale

Steven Moulds

State Bar of George Young Lawyers Division

Ethics and Professionalism Committee