Solo and Small Firm

Awards

2020 Solo and Small Firm Excellence Awards

The Section annually recognizes solo and small firm practitioners with the Section’s Excellence in Practice and Excellence in Service awards. The honorees are recognized and celebrated annually at the Solo and Small Firm Summit. The individuals selected as award recipients must be able to attend the Excellence Awards Reception in-person.

The Solo and Small Firm Summit will take place June 12-13, 2020 at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach. The Excellence Awards Reception is currently scheduled to occur the evening of Friday, June 12th.

2020 Nomination Deadline: March 15, 2020



Excellence in Practice Award

The Solo and Small Firm Section of the California Lawyers Association presents its Excellence in Practice Award to honor a solo or small firm attorney, who has demonstrated exemplary leadership and dedication to the legal profession and has contributed to the betterment of the practice of law. To learn more about the criteria for this award, download the nomination here.

Deadline: March 15, 2020

Excellence in Practice Award Criteria

Nominee has:

  • Demonstrated leadership and dedication to the legal profession
  • Contributes to the positive image of the legal profession, for example:
    • Practices law in a highly ethical manner
    • Is well regarded by peers
    • Demonstrates a strong sense of commitment to the profession
  • Achieved exceptional accomplishments in the practice of law or made a significant, positive impact on the practice of law, for example:
    • Was an instrumental in the passage of legislation
    • Authored or co-authored an amicus brief that was submitted on a matter of legal significance
    • Tried a significant case
    • Brought a significant case of the Court of Appeal or California or United States Supreme Court
    • Created or helped further a new or novel practice area or way to practice law

Excellence in Service Award

The Solo and Small Firm Section of the California Lawyers Association presents its Excellence in Service Award to honor a solo or small firm attorney who has devoted significant service to the public and/or legal community. To learn more about the criteria for this award, download the nomination here.

Deadline: March 15, 2020

Excellence in Service Award Criteria

Nominee has:

  • Devoted significant service and made a significant, positive impact on the legal community and/or public, for example:
    • Made outstanding contributions to a professional legal organization
    • Mentored solo, small fir, and/or young lawyers
    • Engaged in activism for a special cause (e.g., diversity in the legal profession or legal education)
    • Engaged in significant pro bono work
    • Served a legal or non-legal non-profit (i.e., a charitable, cultural, humanitarian, or educational cause) in a significant capacity

Solo and Small Firm Section Attorney of the Year Award

The Attorney of the Year Award was replaced with the Excellence in Practice Award and Excellence in Service Award starting in 2019. Click here for a list of past recipients for the Solo and Small Firm Section Attorney of the Year Award.

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