Spirit of Excellence Award

We honor those who have, through the Spirit of Excellence Awards Motto, "to the Stars through Adversity," achieved excellence and supported others within their legal careers.

Nominations are closed!

Spirit of Excellence tickets are now sold out! 

The Nomination Form includes the criteria required for all nominees. 

All nominations are now closed.

Save the Date!

Mark your calendars for the 2020 Spirit of Excellence Awards Luncheon, taking place on Saturday, February 15th at JW Marriott 110 East 2nd Street Austin, TX.

Become a Spirit Supporter

Would you like to be a supporter for next year's Spirit of Excellence Awards?

Check back here soon for details about our levels of support for the Spirit of Excellence Awards. 

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 (Keevin.Woods@americanbar.org), Commission on Racial & Ethnic Diversity in the Profession Staff Director.

2020 Spirit Honorees: 

Patty Ferguson- Bohnee

Donise Brown

Honorable Lora J. Livingston

Richard PeĢ“na

Donald Tamaki


Past Speeches of SOE Honorees

2019 Spirit Honorees:

Willie E. Gary

Pamela Jones Harbour

John Lim

Honorable Peter M. Reyes, Jr.

2018 Spirit Honorees:

Alan Braverman

Heather Kendall Miller

Honorable James A. Wynn

Major General (Ret.) Kenneth D. Gray

2017 Spirit Winners:

Thomas Fredericks

Peggy A. Nagae

Kenneth G. Standard

Stephen N. Zack

List of Past Honorees (1996-2018) here.

The Spirit of Excellence Awards would not be possible without the generous contributions of our sponsors!

2018 Spirit of Excellence Program Book 

2017 Spirit of Excellence Program Book