Is There a National Outstanding Young Lawyer in Your Organization?
By Jay E. Ray
Jay E. Ray is an ABA YLD representative to the ABA House of Delegates, a past Chair of the ABA YLD, and practices with the Dallas, Texas, office of Glast, Phillips & Murray.
Is there a young lawyer in your national, state, local, or specialty organization who displays professional excellence, pursues service to the bar and the community, and has a reputation for professional responsibility and ethics? If so, you can reward that volunteer’s achievements by nominating him or her for the Second Annual ABA YLD National Outstanding Young Lawyer Award. This Award recognizes an ABA young lawyer member in good standing who demonstrates the exemplary qualities of an outstanding young lawyer.
The following entities may nominate one individual for the award: (1) a national, state, local, or specialty organization affiliated with the ABA YLD; (2) a state or local bar, if it does not have a young lawyer component and if no stand-alone young lawyer organization exists in its geographic area; (3) the ABA YLD Executive Board; (4) an ABA section, division, committee, commission, or forum; and (5) the Board of the Fellows of the ABA YLD.
Sean Reyes of Salt Lake City, Utah, accepted the inaugural award last year. He was nominated by the Utah State Bar Association Young Lawyers Division and had additional support from the Utah Supreme Court Chief Justice and the Governor of Utah. Mr. Reyes provides hundreds of pro bono legal service hours to his community each year, has been recognized professionally as one of Utah’s Legal Elites, and has showcased his leadership abilities as an officer of the Utah Minority Bar and the Utah Young Lawyers Division.
The ABA YLD National Outstanding Young Lawyer Award provides affiliates with one more significant way to recognize the amazing accomplishments and service of their members. Although only one person will receive the ABA YLD’s National Award each year, the highly competitive selection process ensures that nomination alone is a tremendous honor. All nominees, as well as their nominating organizations, are recognized on the Award’s website, .