October 2013 • Vol. 33 No. 10 | An E-Publication of the Los Angeles County Bar Association

Nominations Sought for Outstanding Jurist Award

LACBA encourages our members to submit a nomination for LACBA’s Outstanding Jurist Award. Each year, the Board of Trustees selects the recipient from a confidential list of nominees submitted by an award committee. Established in 1979, the Outstanding Jurist Award, one of LACBA’s most prestigious awards, is presented annually to a current or past member of the federal or state judiciary in Los Angeles County. The award is viewed as recognition of a distinguished career on the bench as well as for contributions to the community and the practice of law. Please click HERE to view a complete list of the previous award recipients.

A candidate must be a state or federal judicial officer in Los Angeles County or have been retired or elevated from such a position during the two-year period prior to the committee’s first meeting in November 2013. The following factors should be considered when submitting a nomination:

  • Judicial ability and experience
  • Judicial temperament and demeanor
  • Knowledge of the law, legal ability, and scholarship
  • Dedication and diligence
  • Contribution to the improvement or education of the legal community
  • Contribution to the community at large
  • Contribution to the practice of law
  • Judicial independence, integrity, and fairness

The Outstanding Jurist Award committee chair is appointed by the LACBA president, and the committee vice chair by the LACBA president-elect. The committee includes representatives from LACBA sections and committees that are litigation-related as well as one representative from the five largest affiliated geographical and the five largest affiliated minority bar associations.

To submit a nomination, LACBA members should e-mail the name of the judicial officer and the court in which the judicial officer is now serving to Cecilia Gomez at cgomez@lacba.org by October 25, 2013.

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