Nominations, via e-format, must be supported by a narrative and appropriate documentation, with the following criteria:
(a) the nominated individual, without regard to ABA membership or nationality, must be a lawyer, member of the judiciary, or a legal academic, who has made a significant contribution to the advancement of LGBT individuals in the legal profession and/or to LGBT legal issues; and
(b) The nominee must epitomize excellence in practice, law-related research and writing or jurisprudence; and
(c) The nominee must exemplify leadership and determination, within and/or outside the LGBT community, or impacting the LGBT community; and
(d) The nominee must have effected change that resulted in a positive impact for the LGBT community and inspired others to act; and
(e) The nominee (absent contingencies such as exile, detention, or restriction on travel due to the circumstances justifying the ward) must agree to be present in person to receive the award when it is presented. No preference is given to a nominee's lifetime body of work over a single event or case. Letters of support of the nominee must also be provided.