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 firstname.lastname@example.org by October 25, 2013.