DAYL is accepting nominations for its Outstanding Young Lawyer Award, the Liberty Bell Award, and the Outstanding Mentor Award. The recipients will be presented with their awards at the DBA Annual Law Day Luncheon. Each winner will then be submitted to the Texas Young Lawyers Association for statewide consideration.
Outstanding Young Lawyer Award
To be eligible for selection as the DAYL’s Outstanding Young Lawyer, nominees must have been 36 years of age or younger as of June 1, 2013. In addition, nominees must be licensed to practice law in Texas and be members in good standing of the State Bar. The Awards Committee will consider all outstanding qualities of a nominee, including (1) exemplified professional proficiency; (2) service to the profession; and (3) service to the community.
Liberty Bell Award
The Liberty Bell Award recognizes a non-lawyer of any age who has made a selfless contribution to the community by strengthening the effectiveness of the American system of justice. The categories of community service to be considered include activities that (1) promote a better understanding of our form of government, especially the Bill of Rights; (2) encourage greater respect for the law and the courts; (3) stimulate a deeper sense of individual responsibility; (4) contribute to the effective functioning of our institutes of government; and (5) instill a better understanding and appreciation of the rule of law. Non-lawyers of any age are eligible to receive this award.
Outstanding Mentor Award
The DAYL Outstanding Mentor Award is awarded to a lawyer in Dallas who has consistently demonstrated a commitment to mentoring young lawyers in his or her legal community. Nominees must be licensed to practice law in Texas, have paid membership dues prescribed by the Supreme Court of Texas and be members in good standing of the State Bar. The DAYL Awards Committee will consider all outstanding qualities of a nominee, including (1) service as a role model to young lawyers in the legal community; (2) fostering the development of young lawyers; and (3) significant contributions to the profession and/or the community.
Nominations for each award may be made by individuals, groups of individuals, or organizations. If you would like to nominate someone for an award, contact Jonathan Childers.