May 20, 2019

Paul G. Hearne Award for Disability Rights

The 2019 Award will be given to Matthew W. Dietz at the Commission's Reception for Lawyers with Disabilities on Monday, August 12, 2019 in San Francisco, California, during the ABA 2019 Annual Meeting. The Reception will be held at 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm Pacific Time at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis in Nob Hill, on the Lower B2 level.


2019 Honoree: Matthew W. Dietz

2018 Honoree: Susan J. Horwitz

Past Honorees

About the Award

Since 1999, the American Bar Association Commission on Disability Rights has been pleased to present the Paul G. Hearne Award for Disability Rights. Each year, the award is presented to an individual or an organization/group for performing exemplary service in furthering the rights, dignity, and access to justice for people with disabilities.

Paul G. Hearne, the award’s namesake, was an activist, philanthropist, and a leader for all people with disabilities and a pioneer in advancing their cause. Hearne's tenacity, intelligence and initiative helped him create many opportunities for people with disabilities. He served as the director of Just One Break, Inc., the nation’s first private job placement agency for people with disabilities; the National Council on Disability; the Dole Foundation for Employment of People with Disabilities; the International Center for the Disabled; the Very Special Arts International Fund; and the Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation. The Commission awards this prestigious honor to one who carries on Hearne’s vision and life work. 


To nominate an individual or an organization/group, please submit all of the following: 

  • The nomination form
  • Your nominee's resume (no more than two pages)
  • A list of your nominee's accomplishments (no more than five pages)
  • Letters of recommendation (up to three)

For questions, please contact Amy Allbright at 202-662-1575 (phone).

Submit a Nomination

Submit a Nomination here