Professionalism Committee Highlights

2021

March

The Standing Committee on Professionalism met to discuss proposed revised Standards to the ABA Standards and Rules of Procedure circulated for comment by the Council of the ABA Section on Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar. The Council approved for comment proposed revisions to Standard 303, adding in the Curriculum the development of professional identity to take place at multiple points over the course of a student’s time in law school, and Standard 508, adding law student well-being resources.  Last year, the Professionalism Committee submitted recommendations for the Council’s 2020-2021 Agenda, asking the Council to consider revising the Standards to allow opportunities for students to develop their professional identity, including integrating values with ethical responsibilities, and promoting respect for the legal profession and the rule of law.

The Professionalism Committee continues to accept nominations for the 2021 E. Smythe Gambrell Professionalism Awards.  The Committee extended the nominations deadline to April 30, 2021.Each year, the Gambrell Awards recognize up to three exemplary professionalism programs contributing to the advancement of the highest principles of professionalism in the legal community.  Each award is accompanied by a $3,500 cash prize. Law schools, state and local bar associations, court programs and projects, law firms, and not-for-profit law-related organizations with professionalism programs or projects are eligible for the awards. For more information and to submit a nomination, visit the Gambrell Awards webpage.

February

The Standing Committee on Professionalism voted to support Resolution 300A submitted to the ABA House of Delegates for consideration at the 2021 Midyear Meeting.  The resolution, sponsored by the ABA Coordinating Group on Practice Forward, encourages all stakeholders in the legal profession to create and distribute policies and resources aimed at advancing well-being in the legal profession, and to promote the use of these policies and resources.  

The Professionalism Committees continues to accept nominations for the 2021 E. Smythe Gambrell Professionalism Awards. The Awards are bestowed annually to honor excellence and innovation in professionalism programs offered by law schools, bar associations, professionalism commissions and other law related organizations. Each award is accompanied by a $3,500 prize. The deadline for submitting nominations is March 31, 2021. For information about the Gambrell Awards and the nominations process, please visit the awards website.  

January

The Standing Committee on Professionalism is now accepting nominations for the 2021 E. Smythe Gambrell Professionalism Awards. The Gambrell Awards are bestowed annually to honor excellence and innovation in professionalism programs contributing to the understanding and advancement of the highest principles of professionalism in the legal profession. Programs developed by law schools, bar associations, law firms, courts and other law-related organizations are eligible to be nominated for the Award. Each Award is accompanied by a $3,500 prize supported by the E. Smythe Gambrell Fund for Professionalism. The deadline for submitting nominations is March 31, 2021.  For information about the 2021 Gambrell nomination process and to learn about the 2020 E. Smythe Gambrell Awards three winning programs, visit website.