About the Award
In conjunction with the for Child and the law, each year the ABA Young Lawyers Division honors one young lawyer and one non-young lawyer for dedicated service on behalf of children. Award recipients are recognized at the Young Lawyers Division Assembly during the ABA Annual Meeting.
The nomination deadline is April 30 of each year.
- Young Lawyer (on September 1 the individual must be less than 36 years of age or admitted to practice in his/her first bar within the past five years)
- Non-Young Lawyer (on September 1 the individual must be 36 or more years of age or admitted to practice in his/her first bar more than five years ago)
Any lawyer or judge involved in child advocacy is eligible. The award is given based on an individual's personal achievement and commitment. It is not given to groups of people, organizations, or posthumously. Those who were nominated for this award in the past and were not selected may be nominated again.
A nomination packet must be submitted by April 30. The packet includes:
- A completed online nomination form.
- Supporting documentation which needs to emailed to Renee Lugo (email@example.com) as one single document in either a PDF or Microsoft Word format. The submission must be 10 pages or less. Faxes will not be accepted. Supporting documentation should include:
A nomination letter from nominator explaining the qualifications of the nominee and setting forth the reasons why the nominee should be awarded the Child Advocacy Award.
The nominee’s biographical resume, including an explanation of the nominee’s legal service on the behalf of children, employment and professional history.
Up to three letters of recommendation. Examples include letters from the nominee’s clients, individuals familiar with the nominee’s service on behalf of children, the nominee’s current or former employers, fellow practitioners, or any other individual who can explain why the nominee should be receive the Child Advocacy Award.
If you have any questions, contact YLD Program Associate, Renee Lugo, at 312-988-5626.