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How do I nominate someone for this award?

Please visit to submit a nomination. Nominations are due by May 31.

Who is eligible for this award?

Eligible organizations include state, regional, specialty, or local bar associations within the United States, or their sections or committees focused on environmental, energy, and natural resources issues.

Individuals who have been Section Council members, officers, or ABA staff within two years of the year of nomination and their immediate families and household members, are not eligible to receive the Award. Self-nominations are not accepted. Individuals must be at least 18 years old at the time of nomination.

What is the award process?

Nominations will be made through an online survey system. You will provide brief information about your nominee. The Section's awards committee will review your nomination and let you know if they need additinal information. Once the nomination period closes, the Awards Committee will review all nominations and make a recommendation to the Section's Council for its final approval. You will be notified either way if your nominee was selected.

When are the awards bestowed?

This award is bestowed in the fall each year.

Past Recipients


2022 Symposium on Legal System Changes to Address Climate Change and the Energy Transition, The State Bar of Texas Environmental & Natural Resources Law Section’s


2021-2022 Energy & Environmental Law Programming, Boston Bar Association


Building Power in the Environment Movement Series, Association of the Bar of the City of New York


Powered by New Mexico: Energy Use and Production in the Land of Enchantment, New Mexico State Bar, Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law Section


The award was not bestowed in 2019


2017 Environmental Law Forum, New Jersey State Bar Association Environmental Law Section


The award was not bestowed in 2017.


Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s 20th Annual Environmental Law Forum, Pennsylvania Bar Association


Gala and Silent Auction to Benefit We Care Solar (Women’s Emergency Communication And Reliable Electricity), Charitable Foundation of the Energy Bar


2013 Trees Project, Colorado Bar Association


Sustainable Future Section, State Bar of Oregon


The award was not bestowed in 2012.


2010 Environmental Law Conference of the Environmental Law Section, State Bar of California


2009 Texas Environmental Superconference, State Bar of Texas Environmental and Natural Resources Law Section