Rosner & Rosner Young Lawyer Professionalism Award

About the Award

The award recognizes and encourages young lawyers who are dedicated to lawyer professionalism. The award is supported by the Rosner and Rosner Justice Fund and administered by the Center for Professional Responsibility. The fund and award are named by donor Seth Rosner in honor and in memory of his partners, Oscar S. Rosner, his father, and Jonathan L. Rosner, his brother. The award honors young lawyer commitment to legal and judicial ethics, lawyer professionalism, client protection and professional regulation.

The award recipient receives a lifetime complimentary membership in the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility (ABA membership required), complimentary registration for the Center’s National Conference on Professional Responsibility Conference, and a complimentary one-year subscription to the web-based version of the ABA/BNA Lawyers’ Manual on Professional Conduct.

The award is presented during the National Conference on Professional Responsibility in late spring and the recipient may also be recognized during the YLD Assembly at the ABA Annual Meeting. Travel reimbursement to the National Conference will be provided.

Representatives of the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility and the ABA Young Lawyers Division serve on the selection committee.

Nominations are now opened.
Submission Deadline is February 28, 2021.

Nomination Process

  • Nomination form
  • Please include a nomination cover letter detailing the qualifications of the nominee and the ways in which the nominee has exhibited dedication to professional responsibility.
  • A resume of detailing professional accomplishments, bar association, community service and relevant impact on professional responsibility concerns.
  • Please include up to five letters of recommendation.
  • Nominees shall be 36 years of age or younger or admitted to practice 5 years or less as of the end of the ABA membership year on August 31.

The 2021 award will be presented on June 3, 2021, during the 46th ABA National Conference on Professional Responsibility in Denver, CO.

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2020 Award Recipient

Andrew W. Guthrie

Andrew W. Guthrie, (Baylor University School of Law, J.D. 2011), is the recipient of the 2020 Rosner & Rosner Young Professionals Award from the American Bar Association Center for Professional Responsibility and ABA Young Lawyers Division.

Andrew is an associate at Haynes and Boone, LLP in Dallas, where he focuses on appeals and critical trial court briefing across an array of subject matters, including business disputes, products liability, intellectual property, the False Claims Act, probate and trusts, and water rights.

Andrew also serves as a mentor to the junior lawyers in the firm, taking the time to counsel and coach the new lawyers toward a practice with the highest standards of ethics and professionalism.  

In 2017, the Texas Supreme Court appointed Andrew to serve on the State Bar of Texas’ Professional Ethics Committee. This committee drafts opinions advising members of the State Bar of Texas on the propriety of professional conduct based upon ethical considerations and Texas disciplinary rules. 

Despite being the youngest lawyer of the nine serving on the Committee, Andrew has been the initial author on several opinions and has been described by those who work with him as “a quiet role model who intelligently and willingly devotes pro bono hours to guide lawyers through ethical quandaries and maintains the highest levels of professionalism while interacting with lawyers, judges, clients and the public.”     

In a letter of support, Justice Don R. Willett of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit wrote:

Andrew is a lawyer of sterling personal and professional integrity. He possesses surpassing personal grace and statesmanship. And he devotes unmatched energy and talent to boosting lawyer professionalism here in Texas.

The ABA is proud to announce Andrew W. Guthrie as this year’s winner of the Rosner & Rosner Award. 

Past Award Recipients

Rosner & Rosner award recipients (2010 -2019)