Lewis G. Rudnick Award
This award will honor members of the Forum who, over the course of distinguished careers as franchise lawyers, have made substantial contributions to the development of the Forum and to franchise law as a discipline -- by publishing scholarly articles; writing or editing texts; speaking at franchise law meetings; serving the Forum as an officer, committee chair or member, or journal editor; and/or recognized accomplishments as a practicing franchise lawyer -- while comporting themselves in accordance with Lew Rudnick’s high standards of professionalism, decency and collegiality.
Chair’s Award for Substantial Written Work or Presentation
This award will recognize a young and/or diverse lawyer who has published a scholarly article in The Franchise Lawyer, or prepared a paper and presented a workshop at a Forum annual meeting. Factors considered will include complexity of subject matter, competency of delivery, feedback from audience or readers, feedback from editors or program directors, and the relative experience of the author/presenter.
Chair’s Future Leader Award
This award will go to a young and/or diverse Forum member who has demonstrated a substantial commitment to the Forum by undertaking significant leadership efforts, such as mentoring other Forum members or law students interested in pursuing careers in franchise law; working on membership marketing or other outreach efforts; assisting with special projects undertaken by the Forum Governing Committee or a Forum Division; or assisting with the Forum’s annual meeting.
Chair’s Explorers Award
This award is designed for newcomers to the Forum -- a relatively new Forum member, an ABA member interested in joining the Forum, or a law student currently enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school and a member of the ABA Law Student Division -- who have demonstrated an interest in pursuing a career in franchise law. Nominees will be asked to identify any activities that demonstrate their commitment, including prior attendance at franchise related conferences, contributions to the Forum, goals for future involvement in the Forum and any recommendations for Forum governance.
Any Forum member who is or has been a Governing Committee member or ad hoc member (e.g., Division Director, YLD Representative, editor-in-chief of the Franchise Law Journal or The Franchise Lawyer) is ineligible to receive a Chair’s Award.
Please send your nominations for all awards by September 1 to the Forum Chair, Joe Fittante at firstname.lastname@example.org. Joe will choose the recipients, subject to the approval of the Forum Governing Committee, and the awards will be presented at the 35th Annual Forum on Franchising this October in Los Angeles, CA.