Nomination Criteria and Application Requirements

Margaret Brent
Women Lawyers of Achievement Awards Luncheon

Award Purpose

The award was established in 1991 to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of women lawyers. Each year, this award honors up to five outstanding women lawyers who have achieved professional excellence within their area of specialty and have actively paved the way to success for other women lawyers. These women demonstrate excellence in a variety of professional settings and personify excellence on either the national, regional, or local level.

Nominations are anticipated to open on Monday, October 21, 2019. Nomination portal can be accessed from www.aba.fluidreview.com

Criteria

The individual achieved professional excellence in her field AND

Influenced other women to pursue legal careers, OR

Opened doors for women lawyers in a variety of job settings that historically were closed to them, OR

Advanced opportunities for women within a practice area or segment of the profession.

Nominees may be ABA members or nonmembers.

Sitting members of the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession may not be nominated.

Nomination Application Requirements

A. Nomination Form 

The 2020 Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Awards will be presented on Sunday, August 2, 2020 in Chicago during the ABA Annual Meeting.

B. Nominee's Resume - Include the nominee's resume or biography, describing her background and contributions.

C. Award Criteria Narrative - In no more than three typed pages, provide specific, concrete examples for criterion #1 and at least one of criteria numbers 2 through 4 below:

  1. The individual achieved professional excellence in her field AND
  2. Influenced other women to pursue legal careers, OR
  3. Opened doors for women lawyers in a variety of job settings that historically were closed to them, OR
  4. Advanced opportunities for women within a practice area or segment of the profession.

D. Articles and Letters - To present a comprehensive picture of the nominee, please include both (1) up to 10 news or magazine articles written by or about the candidate and (2) no more than 5 letters of support from individuals or organizations. The Commission relies on the entire nomination packet in selecting each year's honorees. The limitation on articles and letters of support will be observed; anything in excess of 5 letters or 10 articles will not be considered.  For this category, the number of pages will be capped at 80 pages.

E.  Complete Submission Package - In order to be considered, all of the above items must be received by the Commission by 5:00 PM Central Time on Friday, January 24, 2020.

Incomplete submissions will not be considered.

Timetable:

The Commission will select award recipients in January 2020.  The 2020 award will be presented at the ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago on Sunday, August 2, 2020.

Questions?  If you have any questions, please contact Laura Tannous at 312.988.5715 or Laura.Tannous@americanbar.org

Additional Procedures

1. The nomination form and your supporting materials constitute the SOLE basis for the nomination. Materials will not be returned.

2.  Please note, as of August 7, 2016, it is required that the individual being nominated be notified of her nomination for the Margaret Brent Award.

3. The limitation on articles and letters of support will be observed. Anything in excess of 5 letters or 10 articles will not be considered.

4.  Current ABA Commission on Women in the Profession members are not eligible for the Brent Award for the duration of their terms.

5.  Please be advised that honorees must be present to be eligible to receive the award.*  Posthumous nominations will not be accepted.

6.  Repeat Submissions:  If you submitted a nomination packet for 2017 or 2018 and would like to access your previously submitted packet, please contact Laura Tannous directly at Laura.Tannous@americanbar.org or at 312.988.5715.  Note:  re-submission must include (1) a new award narrative and (2) an updated resume.

*Extenuating circumstances preventing in-person acceptance of the award after confirming an honoree, such as serious illiness, will be considered on an individual basis.

 

Helpful Tips

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