Nomination Criteria and Application Requirements

Margaret Brent
Women Lawyers of Achievement Awards Luncheon


Award Purpose

The ABA Commission on Women in the Profession is accepting nominations for the 25th Annual Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award. The award was established in 1991 to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of women lawyers. Each year, this award honors five outstanding women lawyers who have achieved professional excellence within their area of specialty and have actively paved the way to success for other women lawyers. These women demonstrate excellence in a variety of professional settings and personify excellence on either the national, regional, or local level.

The 2015 award will be presented at the ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago on Sunday, August 2, 2015.

 

Criteria

The individual achieved professional excellence in her field AND

Influenced other women to pursue legal careers, OR

Opened doors for women lawyers in a variety of job settings that historically were closed to them, OR

Advanced opportunities for women within a practice area or segment of the profession.

Nominees may be ABA members or nonmembers.

Sitting members of the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession may not be nominated.

 

Repeat Nominations

If you have nominated someone previously and want to nominate her again for 2015, please submit (1) the online nomination form, (2) the award criteria narrative, and (3) a current resume.  With respect to articles and letters previously submitted, contact April Hasson at brentaward@americanbar.org or 312-988-5668.

 

Nomination Application Requirements

A. Nomination Form - Complete and submit the online nomination form.

This form must be submitted for both new nominations and for repeat nominations.

B. Nominee's Resume - Include the nominee's resume or biography, describing her background and contributions.

C. Award Criteria Narrative - In no more than two typed pages, provide specific, concrete examples for criterion #1 and at least one of criteria numbers 2 through 4 below:

  1. The individual achieved professional excellence in her field AND
  2. Influenced other women to pursue legal careers, OR
  3. Opened doors for women lawyers in a variety of job settings that historically were closed to them, OR
  4. Advanced opportunities for women within a practice area or segment of the profession.

D. Articles and Letters - To present a comprehensive picture of the nominee, please include both (1) up to 10 news or magazine articles written by or about the candidate and (2) no more than 5 letters of support from individuals or organizations. The Commission relies on the entire nomination packet in selecting each year's honorees. The limitation on articles and letters of support will be observed; anything in excess of 5 letters or 10 articles will not be considered.

E.  Complete Submission Package - In order to be considered, all of the above items must be received by the Commission by the close of business Monday, December 1, 2014. 

Incomplete submissions will not be considered.

 

Additional Procedures

1. The nomination form and your supporting materials constitute the SOLE basis for the nomination. Since over 75 nominations are received each year, materials will not be returned.

2. The limitation on articles and letters of support will be observed. Anything in excess of 5 letters or 10 articles will not be considered.

3.  Current ABA Commission on Women in the Profession members are not eligible for the Brent Award for the duration of their terms.

4. Nominations must be submitted via email.

a. Send supporting material to brentaward@americanbar.org.
b. Include the nominator and nominee's names in the subject line.
c. Articles can be submitted via live URL links or PDF files.

 

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