Call for Nominations: 15th Annual Jefferson B. Fordham Awards

Vol. 35 No. 2


Call for Nominations: 15th Annual
 Jefferson B. Fordham Awards

In 1998, the ABA Section of State and Local Government Law was inspired to establish the Jefferson B. Fordham Awards to commemorate the outstanding service of its first Chair, Jefferson B. Fordham, to the advancement of state and local government law and practice, and to honor the accomplishments of practitioners and institutions active in the varied areas of practice associated with state and local government law. The Awards may be presented in the following categories on an annual basis: (1) Law Office Accomplishment, (2) Lifetime Achievement, (3) Advocacy, and (4) Up & Comers.


Award Categories and Criteria

Below are brief descriptions of the criteria used to select recipients in each category.

Law Office Accomplishment—This award is presented in recognition of sustained outstanding performance or a specific extraordinary accomplishment by a state and local government law office. Eligible candidates include all state and local government and public sector law offices, including departments or units within such offices.

Lifetime Achievement—This award is presented in recognition of outstanding contributions to the practice of state and local government law by an individual over an entire career or for contributions over a number of years of service.

Advocacy—In recognition of outstanding legal advocacy within the area of state and local government law, this award celebrates excellence in advocacy, both written and otherwise.

Up & Comers—Presented to a young practitioner (thirty-six or under) as defined by the ABA who, through his or her efforts and accomplishments, shows great promise to continue these contributions for future achievements.

Guidelines for Submission

Nominations for recipients in each of the four categories must be submitted in the following format with all the information requested:



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