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Established in 2007 by the Senior Lawyers Division, the John H. Pickering Achievement Award recognizes the brilliant legal work, advocacy of pro bono service, dedication to the cause of equal justice for all, and promotion of the highest standards of ethics and professionalism in the law. This award is co-sponsored by the ABA Commission on Law and Aging, Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice, Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service, and the Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants. See below the current members of the Award Selection Committee and a list of past recipients.

Mary K. Ryan, 2023 Pickering Award Recipient

Mary Ryan was presented with the award at a luncheon on Saturday, August 5 as part of the ABA 2023 Annual Meeting in Denver. Mary's career reflects a profound and longstanding commitment of dedicated service to the profession and to furthering access to justice for all. She has served in numerous leadership roles at the local, state, and national levels working for systemic justice reforms through studies, reports, and advocacy on issues such as foreclosure, domestic violence, eviction, and immigration.

2023 Pickering Award Selection Committee

  • Co-Chair, Senior Lawyers Division Pickering Award Selection Committee
    Orlando Lucero
  • Co-Chair, Senior Lawyers Division Pickering Award Selection Committee
    Albert C. Harvey
  • Co-Vice Chair, Senior Lawyers Division Pickering Award Selection Committee
    James L. Schwartz
  • Co-Vice Chair, Senior Lawyers Division Pickering Award Selection Committee
    Carole L. Worthington
  • Commission on Law and Aging
    Eric Y. Drogin
  • Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice
    Dr. Cynthia Swann
  • Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defense
    Matthew Wechter
  • Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service
    L. Jonathan Ross

Past Winners

  • 2023: Mary K. Ryan
  • 2022: Loren Kieve
  • 2021: Professor Stephen Saltzburg
  • 2020: Steven A. Reiss
  • 2019: James J. Brosnahan
  • 2018: Michael Gonring
  • 2017: Robert E. Juceam
  • 2016: Edward D. "Ned" Spurgeon
  • 2015: Pascal H. Goddard
  • 2014: Hon. Bernice B. Donald
  • 2013: The Hon. U.W. Clemon
  • 2012: Anthony R. Palermo
  • 2011: T. Maxfield Bahner
  • 2010: S. Shepherd Tate
  • 2009: Leigh Middleditch, Jr.
  • 2008: Neal R. Sonnett
  • 2007: Ronald Miller