The ABA Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence created the Sharon Corbitt Award in 2008 to recognize exceptional service and leadership to improving the legal response to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and/or stalking by a lawyer from any area of practice, including non-profit, private firm, government, corporate counsel, and the judiciary, in the spirit of Sharon L. Corbitt.
Sharon L. Corbitt was an active member of the American Bar Association for 25 years, serving as a member of the Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence from 2002 to 2005 after completing her term as Chair of the Family Law Section. In honor of her exemplary professional and personal contributions to victims of domestic violence throughout her career, this award will recognize an attorney each year who embodies her spirit and dedication. Learn more about Sharon Corbitt.
- The eligible candidate is an attorney who has and/or currently is working to increase access to justice and provision of outstanding legal services for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and/or stalking, AND
- Serves as a leader and a champion for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and/or stalking within the ABA and/or other bar and professional organizations; OR
- Personally represents victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and/or stalking, either on a pro bono or full time basis; OR
- Participates in community activities to increase and improve services for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and/or stalking (e.g. through board membership or political and financial advocacy); OR
- Mentors others to provide exemplary service to victims (e.g. through instruction, training, or scholarship); OR
- Achieves legislation or litigation outcomes that contribute substantially to increased safety and justice for victims.
Nominees may be ABA members or non-members.
Current Commission members or liaisons are not eligible for the Award for the duration of their terms and for two years following service.
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