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Each year, the Environmental Law Section presents its Award for Lifetime Contribution to the Field of Environmental Law, to recognize environmental lawyers who have contributed to the field of environmental law over a sustained period, achieved excellence in the practice of environmental law, and provided legal services with high ethics and collegiality. The presentation of the award each year at the annual Environmental Law Conference at Yosemite has become an annual tradition since the Section established the award in 2014.

Eligibility

To be eligible, a nominee must meet the following criteria:

  • Have at least five years of experience as a California environmental lawyer
Selection Criteria

The following factors may be considered by the Executive Committee in its selection of the recipient of the Award for Lifetime Contribution to the Field of Environmental Law:

  • Contributed to the field of environmental law over a sustained period
  • Achieved excellence in the practice of environmental law
  • Demonstrated commitment to the practice of environmental law
  • Provided legal services with high ethics and collegiality
  • Exhibited a commitment to work on a range of environmental issues irrespective of the level of public attention and media focus on such issues
  • Implemented a new and/or creative approach to an environmental law issue
  • Provided quality professional services
  • Improved the lives of others
  • Promoted diversity, equity, or inclusion in the practice of environmental law
Nomination Process

To nominate an individual for this award, please submit the following:

Due May 14, 2024:

  • Nomination Form (see button below)
  • Nominatorā€™s Statement(s) of Nomination with Resumes/Biographies: The Statement is a short narrative description of the Nomineeā€™s career, accomplishments, and other information that you believe may be relevant to show how the Nominee meets various criteria for the Lifetime Achievement Award.  The Nominatorā€™s Statement should be accompanied by the Nomineeā€™s resume(s) and/or biographies (indicating the Nomineeā€™s principal areas of practice, the number of years of practice, professional achievements, and other features of the Nomineeā€™s career, such as community involvement and bar association activities)

Due June 3, 2024:

  • Any Follow-up Information and Letter(s) of Support. Additional information about the Nominee and Letter(s) of Support are optional, but recommended. More than one person may sign onto a Letter of Support.
  • Nominees from prior years will be automatically reconsidered for the 2023 Lifetime Achievement Award. However, at your option, you may submit new or updated nomination materials for a prior Nominee below. If you are unsure of whether a Nominee has been nominated in prior years, please direct your inquiry exclusively to Environmental@calawyers.org.

If you are unsure of whether a Nominee has been nominated in prior years, please direct your inquiry exclusively to Environmental@calawyers.org.


Nomination Form

    A. NOMINEE INFORMATION

    Name of Nominee

    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 AND RESUME/BIOGRAPHY

    Please attach a narrative description (200 words or fewer) of the significant aspects of the Nomineeā€™s career and/or other activities that demonstrate how the Nominee meets various selection criteria for the Lifetime Achievement Award. Please attach a copy of the Nomineeā€™s resume and/or biography. Upload your PDFs by clicking "Choose File" (Deadline: May 14, 2024). Letters of Support may be e-mailed at any time on or before June 3, 2024 pursuant to Part II below.

    Any follow up information and Letters of Support should be emailed pursuant to Section II below.

    II. FOLLOW-UP INFORMATION AND LETTERS OF SUPPORT (DEADLINE: June 3, 2024)

    A. FOLLOW-UP INFORMATION (optional): Nominators have the option to submit more in-depth statements, resumes and/or biographies after the initial deadline is met above. This option is available to provide Nominators with more time to collect, prepare and submit additional materials after the basic nomination information has been provided by the first deadline. Nominators are encouraged to submit as much information as possible by the first deadline, but should feel free to supplement the initial information via this Part II. Nominators who believe they have submitted sufficient information with Part I should not feel obligated to submit additional information. Any follow-up documents must be e-mailed to Environmental@calawyers.org, which is the exclusive e-mail address for these submissions. (Deadline: June 3, 2024)

    B. LETTERS OF SUPPORT: Broad support for your Nominee is desirable. You may encourage other persons to submit Letters of Support for your Nominee. Please note that, while the number of individuals expressing support for a Nominee is an important consideration, the Executive Committee will evaluate the content of each Letter of Support to assess the nature of the support. (PDF's only please) When possible, please aim for letters to not simply duplicate others, but to provide specific and varied information about the Nomineeā€™s accomplishments, practice, experience, background, etc. Letters must be PDFs and e-mailed to Environmental@calawyers.org, which is the exclusive e-mail address for these submissions. (Deadline: June 3, 2024)

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