GPSLD's National Awards: Honoring the Public Sector's Best

The Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division's annual awards program is designed to recognize the extraordinary achievements of public lawyers and to inform the general public about the outstanding work performed and the positive impact made by our nation's public lawyers. The 2018 National Awards were presented to the winners at the General E. E. Anderson Awards Reception on August 3, 2018 during the ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago. Read more about the 2018 winners!

Nominations for our 2019 awards are due by 5:00 pm Eastern on April 8, 2019. Please see below for nomination requirements.

2018 Award Winners

Dorsey Award
Deborah Katz Levi
Director of Special Litigation
City Felony Trial Division
Maryland Office of the Public Defender

Hodson Award
Military Commissions Defense Organization

Nelson Award
Denise R. Avant

See photos of the Division's 2018 Genereal E. E. Anderson Awards Reception!

Nomination Information

Dorsey Award
The Dorsey Award honors an outstanding public defender or legal aid lawyer. The Award was named for the late Charles H. Dorsey, Jr., long-time Executive Director of Maryland's Legal Aid Bureau, Inc. and a champion of the poor and underprivileged.

Hodson Award
The Hodson Award recognizes sustained outstanding service or a specific extraordinary accomplishment by a government or public sector law office. (This is not an award for an individual). The award is named in honor of the distinguished public service career of the late Major General Kenneth J. Hodson, a former Judge Advocate General of the U.S. Army.

Nelson Award
The Nelson Award recognizes outstanding contributions to the ABA by an individual government or public sector lawyer. The Award was established as a tribute to the late L. Clair Nelson, who contributed his loyalty, time and extraordinary talent to the ABA.