Nomination Application Requirements
1) Nomination Form
Complete and submit the individual online nomination form or the organization online nomination form. This form must be submitted for both new nominations and for repeat nominations.
2) Individual Nominee's Resume
For nominations of individuals, include the nominee's resume or biography, describing his or her background and contributions to the pro bono legal services delivery system.
3) Award Criteria Narrative
In no more than five single-spaced pages, provide specific, concrete examples of the individual or organization nominee’s performance of as many of the following criteria as are relevant. The pro bono services that were performed must meet the definition of pro bono services set forth in Model Rule 6.1 of the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct. Criteria that will be considered include:
- demonstrated dedication to the development and delivery of legal services to persons of limited means or low-income communities through a pro bono program;
- contributed significant work toward developing innovative approaches to delivery of volunteer legal services;
- participated in an activity that resulted in satisfying previously unmet needs or in extending services to underserved segments of the population;
- successfully litigated pro bono cases that favorably affected the provision of other services to persons of limited means or low-income communities;
- successfully achieved legislation that contributed substantially to legal services to persons of limited means or low-income communities.
To the extent appropriate, include in the award criteria narrative a description of any bar association activities applicable to the above criteria.
You may submit up to five news articles written by or about the candidate and no more than five letters of support from individuals or organizations. Articles can be submitted via live URL links or PDF files.
The nomination form and supporting materials constitute the sole basis for the nomination.
The limitation on articles and letters of support will be observed. If more than five articles or five letters of support are submitted, the Committee staff will determine which will be included with the final nomination packet to be reviewed by Committee members.
If you have nominated someone previously and want to nominate them again for consideration in a subsequent year, please submit (1) the online nomination form and (2) updated material (at minimum: a current resume for individuals, and an updated award criteria narrative).
Submit Nominations Via Email
First, complete the appropriate online nomination form, then send all supporting materials to firstname.lastname@example.org, including the nominator and nominee's names in the subject line.
Current members or liaisons of the Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service are not eligible for the Award for the duration of their terms and for one year following service
Deadlines & Timeline
Nominations will be accepted through February 28, 2019.
The Committee will select award recipients. All nominators will be notified about the status of the nomination as soon as possible after selections are made.
The 2019 award will be presented during the ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco on Saturday, August 10, 2019.