John H. Pickering Achievement Award

John H. PickeringThe award honors the life and accomplishments of John H. Pickering, an outstanding lawyer who was involved in a wide variety of pro bono activities and law-related societal issues affecting the elderly. This award is also cosponsored by the ABA Commission on Law and Aging, Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice, and the Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants.

The award nominees must be lawyers or judges, though not necessarily members of the American Bar Association, who demonstrate outstanding legal ability; and have compiled a distinguished record of service to the profession and their communities, resulting in significant contributions to improving access to justice for all.

2018 Award Selection Committee

Brooksley E. Born

Committee Members
Senior Lawyers Division

Ruth Kleinfeld
Savannah Potter-Miller

Commission on Law and Aging

Bruce Ross 

Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice   

John Uilkema

Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants

Charles Weiss

Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service

L. Jonathan Ross

2018 Pickering Recipient

Michael J. Gonring

Join us at ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago, as we honor the 2018 Pickering Award recipient Michael Gonring. Mr. Gonring is being recognized for his commitment to pro bono work on behalf of immigrants. The dinner is at 6:30 p.m. at the exquisite Union League Club of Chicago, 65 Jackson Blvd. Come socialize and network with Mr. Gonring, as well as other prominent attorneys at the reception. Then enjoy fine dining and the piano stylings of the legendary Tim Green.  Tickets for the reception, dinner and presentation of the Pickering Award are only $150. Sponsorship opportunities are available. 

Michael J. Gonring is the 2018 Pickering Award recipient. Gonring has dedicated his long and distinguished career to helping the poor and disadvantaged in a wide range of legal services  and passionate representation. He is a splendid example of the consummate legal professional championed by John H. Pickering and a worthy recipient of the award named in his honor. 

John H. Pickering Award Recipients


Robert E.


Edward D. "Ned" Spurgeon


Pascal H. Goddard


Hon. Bernice B. Donald


The Hon. U.W. Clemon


Anthony R. Palermo


T. Maxfield Bahner


S. Shepherd Tate


Leigh Middleditch, Jr.


Neal R. Sonnett


Ronald Miller