December 12, 2019

20/20 Partners Rising Young Leader Award

The American Bar Association Business Bankruptcy Committee is pleased to announce its 20/20 Partners Rising Young Leader Award. 

On October 6-9, 2021, at the Committee's meeting in conjunction with National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, the BBC will recognize 20 young lawyers who show promise to be future leaders within the legal profession, the ABA and the Business Bankruptcy Committee.  Under normal circumstances, nominees must have been practicing five years or less, the ABA standard classification of new lawyers, but because the BBC was unable to present the award in 2020 due to the pandemic, nominees will be considered who were first admitted to practice as of July 1, 2015 or later.

Submit a Nomination
by July 1, 2021

Nomination Submission Guidelines

Nominees will be evaluated for their emerging leadership, professional and/or social contributions, high-quality bankruptcy work, personal skills and integrity.  The selection committee will evaluate whether they have established a practice in business bankruptcy, made meaningful contributions to their legal (and/or broader) communities, and whether they are working toward becoming leaders in their field relatively early in their careers.

  • Eligible lawyers need not be ABA members
  • Nominees may be employees of private law firms of any size or work in the public sector
  • Self-nominatations are welcome

Nominations must be submitted through the online nomination form

Submit a nomination here.

Nominations are due on July 1, 2021.

Nomination forms include:

  • A brief description of the nominee's qualifications
  • The candidate's resume
  • Up to two recommendation letters with the recommender's contact information 


The 20/20 Partners Rising Young Leader Award recipients will be honored at the Business Bankruptcy Committee leadership dinner during the 2021 National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges. 

During the following two years, recipients will have an opportunity to partner with the ABA Committee to enhance their skills, networking, and careers by speaking on programs, podcasts, or webinars, authoring articles that are published in the committee’s e-Newsletter that is distributed to 1,500 committee members, or in Business Law Today that is shared with 30,000 Business Law Section members and accessible by non-ABA members, or preparing program materials posted on the ABA website and accessible to over 190,000 ABA members.