About the On The Rise Award

The Nomination Process for the 2021 Awards will open on December 1, 2020 with a nomination deadline of March 1, 2021.  
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.

Nomination Process and Notification

  • The nominating process for the 2021 Award will open on December 1, 2020 with a deadline of March 1, 2021.
  • The list of 2020  honorees is available online.

Eligibility (2021 Award)

  • The Nominee is a lawyer member of the American Bar Association in good standing.
  • The Nominee is a licensed attorney in the United States or one of its territories.
  • On September 1, 2020, the Nominee was 36 years of age or younger; OR the Nominee received their first license within the last 5 years (2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, or 2016).
  • Past honorees are not eligible.
  • Self-nominating is not allowed.

Nomination Information

  • 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.
  • We recommend drafting the statement in Word and then copying and pasting it into the nomination form (limit 10,000 characters including spaces).
  • Nominees may also be asked for additional information during the selection process, if deemed necessary.

Selection Committee

The selection committee comprises attorneys from various practicing settings.


National Recognition

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



Please email your questions to Tracy Kaempf.