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Citizen Lawyer Award

The Citizen Lawyer Award was established to recognize and thank lawyers who, in addition to their legal work or pro bono work, exemplify the ideals of a citizen lawyer by volunteering their time for worthy community or civic causes to improve the quality of life of those in their local or statewide communities. This award recognizes role models whose longstanding commitment and dedication to their volunteering inspire other lawyers to invest their time and talents in service-oriented activities.

Criteria: Nominations are encouraged for lawyers who volunteer outside their law practice to help others. The lawyer’s service can be in a local community or on a statewide basis. Examples of service may include the following:

  • Service on boards of community agencies or nonprofit organizations.
  • Leadership in public service projects, such as Habitat for Humanity, scouting or youth sports.
  • Significant volunteer involvement with schools (public and private), colleges and universities, faith-based programs, or other service-minded organizations.
  • Participation with the NCBA and local bar associations that directly benefit the community, such as Lawyers for Literacy, Legal Feeding Frenzy and Middle School Mock Trial .

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Nomination Guidelines

Please complete the form below and attach a file with a description of the nominee’s public or community service activities and contact information of a person with whom the nominee works in these activities (including their name, organization and email address). If selected, you will be asked to provide a high resolution digital image of the recipient.

Nominations are currently closed and will reopen in December.

This form is currently closed for submissions.

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