The Texas Access to Justice Commission is now accepting nominations for the ATJ Law School Commitment to Service Award and the ATJ Law Student Pro Bono Award. These awards are presented annually at the New Lawyer Induction Ceremony in November in Austin. Nominations must be received by 11:59 am (noon) - Friday, October 4:
ATJ Law School Commitment to Service Award
The ATJ Law School Commitment to Service Award honors a law school that has carried forward one of the finest traditions of the legal profession by actively educating its students about access to justice issues.
This award is open to all accredited law schools in Texas.
ATJ Law Student Pro Bono Award
The ATJ Law Student Pro Bono Award recognizes a student or recent graduate whose pro bono work has made a significant impact on the community and reflects the following:
- a passion for advocating on behalf of underserved populations, demonstrated by work for that population during law school, and/or intent to practice law on behalf of that population after graduation;
- substantial performance of legal pro bono service (as opposed to general public service); and
- involvement in public service-oriented law student groups.
This award is open to all law students currently enrolled at an accredited Texas law school or to former students who have graduated within six months prior to the application deadline. The recipient is presented a $2,000 stipend.
If you have any questions, please reach out to Kaitlyn Eberhardt at firstname.lastname@example.org, (512) 427-1730.
Deborah G. Hankinson Award
The Deborah G. Hankinson Award honors local bar associations and young lawyer affiliates that demonstrate a commitment to access to justice in their communities and to raising financial support for legal service providers on a local and statewide basis. These awards are presented annually at the Bar Leaders Conference in July. Nominations may also be submitted in conjunction with the “Stars of Texas Bars” Award nomination form. We will open submissions in the Summer of 2020.
James B. Sales Boots on the Ground Award
The James B. Sales Boots on the Ground Award recognizes a legal services program attorney or pro bono attorney who is an exemplary advocate and gives selflessly of their time and talent to provide legal help to low-income Texans. This award is presented at the Commission’s gala in April 2020. We will open submissions in the Spring of 2020.
ATJ Corporate Counsel Pro Bono Award
The ATJ Corporate Counsel Pro Bono Award was created to recognize outstanding corporate counsel attorneys who provide pro bono legal services for the poor and promote pro bono culture within the corporate framework. The award is open to any individual corporate counsel or in-house attorney in Texas and is presented annually at the State Bar Annual Meeting in June. The award recipient will be presented a $2,000 stipend to donate to a Texas legal services program of their choice. We will open submissions in the Spring of 2020.
Non-Annual Awards (Given as the Commission Deems Appropriate)
Emily C. Jones Lifetime Achievement Award
The Emily C. Jones Lifetime Achievement Award reflects the highest honor given for a career dedicated to supporting legal services for poor Texans. This award, named for the first Executive Director of the Commission, recognizes an outstanding individual whose extraordinary spirit and demonstrated commitment to legal services has improved our society and inspired others.
ATJ Star of Justice Award
The Star of Justice Award recognizes individuals who have done exceptional work on behalf of legal services to the poor and who improve access to justice for all Texans. Recipients of the award have gone above and beyond the call of duty in their work and have advanced the access to justice movement. Attorneys can be nominated at any time by submitting an email to email@example.com with a detailed description of the nominee’s work and why she or he is an excellent candidate for the award.