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Business Law Section Awards and Initiatives

Recognition of the achievements of our members and programs to support the Section’s key initiatives.

Section Initiatives

Business Law Fellows

Provides a springboard to substantive leadership roles within the Section over a two-year term.

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Leadership Academy

The Leadership Academy aims to provide Section members skills to assume leadership roles in the ABA, charitable and community organizations and their places of employment through a curriculum of advancing CLE and non-CLE programs.

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Diversity Clerkship Program

Provides business law clerkship placements and mentoring to provide exposure to business practices.

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Law Student Scholar Program

Helps law students navigate Section Meetings and network with practicing business law practitioners to learn more about a career in business law.

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Business Law Advisors

Invites distinguished leaders and business law practitioners with national reputations to participate in Section activities for a two-year term.

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Business Court Representatives

Supports current members of the judiciary who preside over courts or dockets consisting primarily of complex business and commercial litigation to participate in Section activities for a two-year term.

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Section Contests and Awards

National Public Service Award

Recognizes the pro bono contributions of business lawyers in the areas of community development and legal services to nonprofits and micro-enterprises.

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Jean Allard Glass Cutter Award

Recognizes a woman member of the Section who has achieved professional excellence in her field, demonstrated dedication to the work of the Section, and has been actively involved in the mentoring of, and served as a role model for other women members of the Section.

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Kathryn R. Heidt Memorial Award

Recognizes the importance of bankruptcy education and scholarship to the ABA Business Bankruptcy Committee and the bankruptcy profession.

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Outstanding Nonprofit Lawyer Awards

The Committee on Nonprofit Organizations presents the Awards annually to outstanding lawyers in the categories of Academic, Attorney, Nonprofit In-House Counsel, and Young Attorney.

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Mendes Hershman Student Writing Contest

Encourages law student writings on a business law subject of general and current interest.

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