2024 ABA Spirit of Excellence Awards Nominations are NOW OPEN
Become a Spirit Supporter
Would you like to be a supporter for the Spirit of Excellence Awards?
For details about Spirit of Excellence Award levels of support please contact [email protected]
All supporters will be acknowledged on a prominently placed sign at the luncheon, listed in the commemorative program book, and recognized for their contributions according to their level of support.
More questions? Please contact Keevin Woods ([email protected]), Commission on Racial & Ethnic Diversity in the Profession Staff Director.
Past Spirit of Excellence Honorees
2023 Acceptance Videos
Diandra D. Benally
Hon. Roger L. Gregory
Hon. Goodwin H. Liu
Reginald M. Turner Jr.
2022 Acceptance Videos
Gabriel S. Galanda
Chief Justice Steven C. González
Kay H. Hodge
Justice Adrienne C. Nelson
Hon. Carlos E. Moore
2021 Acceptance videos
Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot
John C. Yang
Heather Kendall Miller
Honorable James A. Wynn
Major General (Ret.) Kenneth D. Gray
Peggy A. Nagae
Kenneth G. Standard
Stephen N. Zack
Spirit Program Books
The Spirit of Excellence Awards would not be possible without the generous contributions of our sponsors!
2023 Spirit of Excellence Program Book
About the Spirit of Excellence Award
Award Motto: "Ad Astra Per Aspera"
The motto of the Spirit of Excellence Awards is "Ad Astra Per Aspera": To the Stars Through Difficulty. The Spirit of Excellence Award symbolizes the struggle of racially and ethnically diverse lawyers as they travel the road to personal and professional success. Special indeed is the person who can navigate his or her own way, while paving the way and assisting those who follow.
The Spirit of Excellence Awards celebrate the efforts and accomplishments of lawyers who work to promote a more racially and ethnically diverse legal profession. Awards are presented to the lawyers who excel in their professional settings; who personify excellence on the national and international level; and who have demonstrated a commitment to racial and ethnic diversity in the legal professional.
The Spirit of Excellence Award, designed by Mario Fernandez, symbolizes the dreams and aspirations that are unique to every individual. The three arms of gold, silver, and bronze reaching up and joining to hold a perfect star – reflects the common goals of equality, diversity, and justice that the Spirit of Excellence Award represents.