The Section of Environment, Energy and Resources (SEER) Task Force on Policy & Coordination of the American Bar Association invites ABA Sections, Committees, the House of Delegates and other sectors of the ABA, and ABA Members in good standing to respond to a Call for Nominations for the ABA Award for Distinguished Achievement in Environmental Law and Policy. The Award will be presented at the ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois, in August 2012.
Eligibility: Individuals or organizations who have distinguished themselves in environmental law and policy, contributing significant leadership in improving the substance, process or understanding of environmental protection and sustainable development. Eligible individuals must be lawyers and may include academics, policymakers, legislators, and practitioners, members of the judiciary or journalists.
Nominated practitioners must be duly licensed members of a bar association in good standing. Eligible organizations may include non-profits, bar associations, law school clinical programs, legal services programs, tribal nations, and law firms. In its discretion, the ABA may carry over a nominee from a prior year, and also welcomes re-nomination of candidates who were previously proposed unsuccessfully. Current Section Council members, and ABA staff and entities, are ineligible. Self-nominations are not accepted.
(1) Individual lawyers who, through an environmental law practice, scholarship or other significant career involvement with programs, services, regulatory systems, legal cases, journalism, education or legislation, have exerted leadership that directly resulted in significant improvements in the substance, process or understanding of environmental law or policy;
(2) Organizations/Programs – U.S. bar associations, law school clinical programs, non-profit institutions, non-profit legal services programs, law firms, government offices or programs, tribal programs, and law-related programs that provide representation, education or advocacy on environmental matters – that have exerted leadership that directly resulted in significant improvements in the substance, process or understanding of environmental law or policy.
Submit a nomination packet consisting of the following: (a) Nomination Form containing (i) name and contact information for candidate and nominating party; (ii) summary of accomplishment(s), with dates, that demonstrate the singular achievement for which the award is sought; (iii) names and contact information for up to three (3) professional references who will attest to the accomplishment(s) in question; and (iv) the nominating party’s familiarity with the nominee and the accomplishments in question; (b) nominee’s resume or similar summary document detailing professional and volunteer accomplishments; and (c) optional supplementary supporting documents not to exceed a total of 10 pages. Each party may nominate one candidate for the individual award and one candidate for the organizations/programs award. If ABA is asked to reconsider a prior year nominee by the party, the prior nomination package will be used unless new material is submitted.
Optional Supplementary Supporting Documents:
Examples include papers published by the candidate; copies of media coverage of the accomplishment(s) in question; proof of past professional recognition; or other professional materials directly supporting the nomination. Up to three (3) letters of support will be accepted.
DEADLINE FOR ABA RECEIPT OF COMPLETED PACKETS: Friday, March 30, 2012.
Send via e-mail to: Elissa Lichtenstein, firstname.lastname@example.org or via fax: 202/638-3844.