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The ABA’s "On the Rise – Top 40 Young Lawyers" Award program provides national recognition of ABA Young Lawyers Division members who exemplify a broad range of high achievement, innovation, vision, leadership, and service to the profession and their communities. Apply or nominate some today via the online form!


  • If you are nominating someone the deadline is February 19th, 2024, at 11:59 PM CT. (Respondents nominating another individual).

  • If you are submitting on your own behalf the deadline is February 26th, 2024, at 11:59 PM CT. (Respondents either self-nominating or completing this form after someone else nominated them).

Eligibility (2024 Award)

  • The Nominee is a lawyer member of the American Bar Association in good standing.
  • The Nominee was less than 36 years or had been licensed for 10 years or fewer as of September 1, 2023.
  • The Nominee is a licensed attorney in the United States or one of its territories.
  • Past honorees are not eligible.
  • Self-nominating is allowed.

Nomination Information

  • Nominations and supporting material may only be submitted via the online form. The Selection Committee will not disclose the information outside of the closed selection process. However, nominators are solely responsible for determining the types of information they are permitted to disclose to the Selection Committee. Nominees may also be asked for additional information during the selection process, as necessary.
  • Nominations may only be submitted via the online form.

Submitting on your on Your Own Behalf

If you are submitting on your own behalf, whether self-nominating or prompted by the nomination of another individual, you need not submit multiple submissions. Even if nominated multiple times by multiple other people, do not resubmit. If a nominee completes multiple submissions on their own behalf, only the most recent submission prior to the deadline will be considered by the selection committee.

Current Winners

Past Winners

National Recognition

On the Rise – Top 40 Young Lawyers Honorees will receive national recognition in ABA print publications, online and via social media.


If you have any questions or need clarification, please contact Yadira Martinez.


If I am nominated more than once or submit more than one application, are my chances of winning greater?

No, The OTR awards are given to those that meet the criteria and exemplify a broad range of high achievement, innovation, vision, leadership, and service to the profession and their communities. They are chosen by a judging committee and only one submission per person will be read.

What do I do if, I nominate someone, and they do not finish the application?

Incomplete applications will be disqualified, so be sure to inform your nominee to visit the link and complete the remaining information needed.

Can I nominate myself or do I need someone to nominate me?

Yes, all self-nominations are welcome, and you do not need someone to nominate you.

Can I view the questions before I submit my application?

Yes, you can find the list of questions here. You can also find the link for the questions on the second page of the application.

What if I do not finish my application?

Incomplete applications are not recorded, therefore are disqualified. You will receive a thank you message at the end and confirmation that your submission was recorded.