LSBA Awards

LSBA Awards


The Louisiana State Bar Association wishes to honor and acknowledge lawyers and judges who have made exceptional contributions to the legal profession and the community. Awards have been created across a broad spectrum of categories to recognize members’ outstanding efforts.

Scroll down to view the nomination criteria and deadlines for each award, and to download a nomination form (if available). 

Diversity Awards

Human Rights Award
Description: The Louisiana State Bar Association Human Rights Award was established in 2010 by the Board of Governors to recognize outstanding efforts made by individuals and organizations in promoting diversity in the legal profession.

Criteria: The award recognizes efforts ensuring the full and equal opportunity of all persons for entry and advancement in Louisiana's legal profession. Eligible nominees include (1) a bar association, (2) a law firm or law department, (3) an individual attorney or judge, (4) a court, (5) a community organization or individual. More guidelines can be found here.

Nomination Period: December – February

Contact: Tricia R. Pierre at tricia.pierre@lsba.org

Trailblazer Award
Description: The Louisiana State Bar Association Trailblazer Award was established in 2013 by the Board of Governors to recognize outstanding efforts made by individuals and organizations in promoting diversity in the legal profession.

Criteria: The award recognizes a person from a group underrepresented within the Louisiana legal profession who has demonstrated excellence or accomplished greatness in the face of great adversity. More guidelines can be found here.
 
Nomination Period: December – February

Contact: Tricia R. Pierre at tricia.pierre@lsba.org
Pro Bono Awards

Career Public Interest Award
Description: This award recognizes any individual in the state of Louisiana who has devoted at least 10 years of his/her career to public interest legal work; demonstrated excellence in his or her work; demonstrated leadership within his/her organization; and provided significant service on behalf of the poor and disenfranchised.

Criteria: Nominees may be attorneys or non-attorneys.

Nomination Period: December – February

Contact: Monte Mollere at mmollere@lsba.org.
Century Club Award
Description: This award is presented to those extraordinary attorneys who have demonstrated exemplary commitment to the ideals of their profession and have well–exceeded the ABA’s aspirational goal of providing 50 hours of pro bono service each year.

Criteria: Nominees must have provided over 100 hours of volunteer pro bono services during the past calendar year through an established pro bono organization.

Nomination Period: December – February

Contact: Monte Mollere at mmollere@lsba.org.

Children's Law Awards
Description: This award recognizes any Louisiana attorney or Louisiana-based organization that has provided outstanding services in the field of Children’s Law. A maximum of one award to an attorney and one award to an organization may be given each year.

Criteria: For the purposes of this award, “organization” is defined as any institution, program, law firm or legal nonprofit which has made significant contributions to the provision of legal services to the children of Louisiana.

Nomination Period: December – February

Contact: Monte Mollere at mmollere@lsba.org.

David A. Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Awards
Description: This award recognizes a Louisiana attorney who demonstrates a lifetime commitment to the provision of legal services to the poor.

Criteria: This award will be presented to a Louisiana attorney who made significant contributions to enhance the pro bono movement in Louisiana over their lifetime, and has shown significant leadership and service on behalf of the poor and disenfranchised. In addition, the candidate's participation in collaborative efforts of the state justice community will be considered.

Nomination Period: December – February

Contact: Monte Mollere at mmollere@lsba.org.

Friend of Pro Bono Awards
Description: This award recognizes attorneys and organizations that have made a major contribution to the enhancement and promotion of pro bono legal services to the poor.

Criteria: This award is open to any individual (attorney or non-attorney), law firm, or organization. The direct provision of legal services is not to be considered for this award.

Nomination Period: December – February

Contact: Monte Mollere at mmollere@lsba.org.

Law Student Pro Bono Awards
Description: This award recognizes a law student who has demonstrated a dedication to providing legal services to the poor. One award may be given at each of the four Louisiana Law Schools.

Criteria: Nominees must be students from an ABA-accredited law school in the state of Louisiana.

Nomination Period: December – February

Contact
: Monte Mollere at mmollere@lsba.org.

Pro Bono Publico Awards
Description: This award recognizes attorneys and law firms that meet or exceed the aspirational goal of providing 50 hours of pro bono services per year, as established in Rule 6.1 of Louisiana's Rules of Professional Conduct.

Criteria: Nominees can be any attorney or law firm that has provided pro bono legal services to the citizens of Louisiana that meets or exceeds the aspirational goal of providing 50 hours of pro bono services per year.

Nomination Period: December – February

Contact: Monte Mollere at mmollere@lsba.org.

Service Awards

Citizen Lawyer Awards
Description: This award is designed to honor public/community service by lawyers and judges. Recipients of this award should be individuals who have made a difference in their local communities and local organizations. There is no limit to the number of awards which will be presented, as the LSBA wishes to recognize all deserving individuals.

Nomination Period: None; reginal panels select recipients

Contact: Danielle Boveland at danielle.boveland@lsba.org.
Leah Hipple McKay Memorial Award for Outstanding Volunteerism

Description: This is the premier award of the LSBA's Crystal Gavel Awards program. The award is named in honor of the late Leah Hipple McKay, a member of the LSBA and a deeply committed volunteer.

Criteria: The award is presented to a Louisiana lawyer or judge who has made significant long-term volunteer contributions.

Nomination Period: January – February

Award Page: More McKay Award Information and Past Award Recipients

Contact: Danielle Boveland at danielle.boveland@lsba.org.
LSBA Catherine D. Kimball Award for Advancement of the Administration of Justice
Description: This annual award was established to honor Catherine D. Kimball, the first woman to serve as chief justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court. The award is open to both attorneys and judges who have conducted exceptional outreach activities that support the goals and purposes of the judicial branch. These activities may include (but are not limited to): improving services to those who use the Louisiana court system including jurors, witnesses, litigants, attorneys, and defendants; improving court facilities; enhancing services to pro-se litigants; producing materials for public education; facilitating access to the courts; improving accountability; or hosting conferences, meetings, or other outreach efforts that facilitate the exchange of ideas and encourage collegiality within the judicial branch. In addition to presenting a plaque to the individual, a larger plaque is displayed at the Louisiana Supreme Court to list new recipients of the award.

Criteria: The award is open to both attorneys and judges whose career and work have advanced the administration of justice.

Nomination Period: March – Early May

Contact: Loretta Larsen at loretta@lsba.org

Young Lawyers Division Awards

Bat P. Sullivan, Jr. Chair’s Award
This award recipient is selected by the YLD Chair for exemplary service to the Young Lawyers Division throughout the Bar year.

Hon. Michaelle Pitard Wynne Professionalism Award
Description: This award is given to a young lawyer for commitment and dedication to upholding the quality and integrity of the legal profession and consideration towards peers and the general public.

Criteria: Nominees must be members of the LSBA Young Lawyers Division.

Nomination Period: December – February

Contact: Kelly Ponder at kelly.ponder@lsba.org.
Outstanding Young Lawyer Award
Description: This award is given to a young lawyer who has made outstanding contributions to the legal profession and his/her community.

Criteria: Nominees must be members of the LSBA Young Lawyers Division.

Nomination Period: December – February

Contact: Kelly Ponder at kelly.ponder@lsba.org.

Service to the Public Award
Description: This award is given to a young lawyer local affiliate organization that has implemented a program or provided a service to that local community by which the non-attorney public has been helped.

Criteria: The program or service must be sponsored by the young lawyer local affiliate organization.

Nomination Period: December – February

Contact: Kelly Ponder at kelly.ponder@lsba.org.
Service to the Bar Award
Description: This award is given to a young lawyer local affiliate organization that has implemented a program or provided a service that has benefited and/or enhanced the attorney community in that area.

Criteria: The program or service must be sponsored by the young lawyer local affiliate organization.

Nomination Period: December – February

Contact: Kelly Ponder at kelly.ponder@lsba.org.
YLD Pro Bono Award
Description: This award is given to a young lawyer for commitment and dedication to providing pro bono services in his/her community.

Criteria: Nominees must be members of the LSBA Young Lawyers Division.

Nomination Period: December – February

Contact: Kelly Ponder at kelly.ponder@lsba.org.

Annual Meeting Awards

John Ashby Hernandez III Memorial Award for Francophone Leadership
This award is presented by the LSBA Francophone Section for outstanding Francophone leadership.

LSBA President’s Award
This award recipient is selected by the LSBA President for exemplary service to the Association throughout the Bar year.

Stephen T. Victory Memorial Award

This award recipient is selected by the LSBA Secretary for exemplary service to the Louisiana Bar Journal.



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