Environmental Law

ENVIRONMENTAL LAW SECTION OF THE CALIFORNIA LAWYERS ASSOCIATION TRAILBLAZER AWARD

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This year the Environmental Law Section is launching our new Trailblazer Award to recognize environmental leaders whose innovative and creative legal work has improved the lives of Californians and the California environment. The inaugural award will be presented at the 2024 Environmental Law Conference at Yosemite in September.

The nomination period for the inaugural award is open until April 15, 2024.

ELIGIBILITY

A nominee can be (1) a California environmental lawyer or (2) a group of individuals or an organization that includes at least one California environmental lawyer who has made significant contributions to the group or organization’s work or achievements.

SELECTION CRITERIA

The Executive Committee of the Environmental Law Section will consider the following factors when selecting the Recipient of the Trailblazer Award:

Impact: The Recipient’s work addresses current, critical environmental issues, advancing positive social change and taking significant steps to improve environmental quality.

Service: The Recipient has improved the lives of a substantial number of Californians, in particular Californians who are members of underserved communities, and/or improved conditions for threatened California ecosystems.

Innovation: The Recipient is a thought leader in the field of environmental law who has taken innovative approaches to achieve impact in their work. The Recipient’s activities may also be a model to others and capable of being replicated.

Inclusion: The Recipient brings diverse experiences to their work, has created paths for others from diverse backgrounds, and brings people with differing perspectives together to achieve positive outcomes.

NOMINATION PROCESS

To nominate an individual, a group of individuals, or an organization for this award, please submit the following by April 15, 2024:

  • Nomination Form (see button below);
  • Nomination Statement (a short narrative description of how the nominee meets the selection criteria for the Trailblazer award); and
  • Any other relevant information the nominator wishes to include.

The reviewing committee may reach out to nominators after April 15, 2024, to obtain additional information.

AWARD DETAILS

The Executive Committee of the Environmental Law Section will select and announce the Trailblazer Award Recipient in July 2024.

The Recipient will be presented with the award and honored at the Environmental Law Section’s annual Environmental Law Conference at Yosemite, which will be held from September 12–15 this year. Additionally, the Recipient will be offered a $5,000 cash award.

NOMINATION FORM

(DEADLINE: April 15, 2024)

    A. NOMINEE INFORMATION

    Type of Nominee

    Name of Nominee
    (If nominating a group or an organization, please list one representative of the group/organization here)

    Agency or Organization [Professional Affiliation]

    Job Title

    Address

    Business Phone

    Home/Cell Phone

    Email

    B. NOMINATOR INFORMATION

    Nominator Name

    Agency or Organization [Professional Affiliation]

    Address

    Business Phone

    Home/Cell Phone

    Email

    C. INITIAL NOMINATION STATEMENT

    Please attach a narrative description (250 words or fewer) of how the nominee meets the selection criteria for the Trailblazer award. The statement should include evidence of the nominee’s proven impact as well as for their anticipated impact in the future. Upload your PDF by clicking "Choose File" below.

    D. SUPPORTING INFORMATION (OPTIONAL)

    If you would like to provide additional relevant information in support of the nomination, please attach it as a single PDF file. Upload the PDF by clicking "Choose File" below.


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