Recognize the Equal Justice Leaders Among Us: NLADA Annual Conference Awards Nomination
National Legal Aid and Defender Association

Do you know an attorney who has been practicing law for just three to eight years but who has already made noteworthy contributions to the cause of equal justice? He or she may be an ideal candidate for NLADA’s 2016 New Leaders in Advocacy Award.

If you have worked in the civil legal aid or indigent defense community for any length of time, you surely know a dedicated attorney who has provided extraordinary advocacy for individual low-income clients or who has significantly advanced the cause of equal justice for individual low-income clients or low-income communities. That attorney could be a worthy winner of the Reginald Heber Smith Award (the “Reggie”).

Visit NLADA’s awards nomination webpage for nomination instructions, the awards nomination form, and specific eligibility and criteria for each of the six awards to be given in November.

If you have any questions about the award process, eligibility criteria, or the awards luncheon, contact Brian Peterkin-Vertanesian at or 202-452-0620.

Does your civil legal aid program have a non-attorney staff member, client board member, or volunteer who works tirelessly to achieve equal justice for low-income people? That person sounds like an ideal candidate for the 2016 Denison Ray Award (the “Denny”).

Is there a private attorney in your community who has made substantial volunteer contributions in support of the delivery of civil legal aid or indigent defense representation? Nominate him or her for this year’s Arthur von Briesen Award.

Has your legal aid or defender program had a client or board member who has given back to the community by providing service or leadership in the cause of equal justice? The 2016 Mary Ellen Hamilton Award could be in that person’s future.

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