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2023 Award nominations are closed.

Nominations will open for the 2024 John H. Pickering Award of Achievement in December 2023. The award will be presented during the ABA 2024 Annual Meeting in Chicago.

The 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.


The award nominees shall have attained the age of 55 years; must be a lawyer or judge (not necessarily a member of the American Bar Association); shall have demonstrated throughout their career outstanding legal ability; shall have compiled a distinguished record of dedicated service to the profession and the community at large and made significant contributions to the furtherance of access to justice for all. 

Nominations from historically underrepresented groups, specifically people of color, women, LGBTQIA+ individuals, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged.

Nomination Process

  • Nominations can be completed online or emailed.
  • 2024 nominees will receive an email notification of their nomination that includes the name(s) of the individual(s) who nominated them.


  1. Nomination form. The cover page of nomination materials should be the completed nomination form. Download the necessary documents. (Required)
  2. Biography. The second document should be the nominee’s resume or biography, on a single typed page. (Required)
  3. Criteria. In no more than three (3) typed pages, a description of the nominee’s activities and accomplishments that demonstrate how they relate to the high standards of achievement set by John H. Pickering. (Required)
  4. Supporting materials. Additional materials relevant to the criteria for selection may be submitted, such as letters of support (limit 5), articles (limit 3), publications, awards, and recognitions received. (optional)
  5. Only applications that include all required documentation will be considered. Please submit  either online or by email to [email protected]. Online is encouraged. No hardcopy materials will be accepted.