The California Lawyers Association recently assumed responsibility for selecting and awarding several honors previously bestowed by the State. These awards are given annually to attorneys, judges, and programs that demonstrate an extraordinary commitment to promoting justice and high ethical standards.
Many of the award recipients have worked with vulnerable populations, including people with disabilities, low-income farm workers, and communities whose primary language is not English.
Each award has its own deadline and application. To find out more, see the list below.
Recognizes California attorneys who provided or enabled the direct provision of legal services to poor persons or to organizations whose primary purpose is to provide legal services to the poor, free of charge, without expectation of compensation from the client. A nominee may be a lawyer, law firm, team of lawyers, association of lawyers, law school or law student.
Honors an attorney who has demonstrated long-term commitment to legal services and who has personally engaged in significant work extending legal services to the poor.
Recognizes attorneys and non-attorneys who, through a career of extraordinary service, have made significant contributions to the quality of justice and legal scholarship in California.
Honors a young lawyer (first five years of active State Bar membership or age 36 and under) who has provided outstanding service to the legal profession and public, as well as dedication to issues of concern to new and young lawyers.
Recognizes outstanding efforts made by a bar association, law firm and an individual attorney in promoting diversity in the legal profession.
Recognizes a member's outstanding long-term contribution to the advancement of attorney professional standards in California.