WSBA Annual Awards — 2016

Nominations now being sought

The WSBA is seeking nominations for its 2016 WSBA Annual Awards, which honor exemplary individuals from the legal community. The awards will be presented at the Annual Awards Dinner on Sept. 29, 2016, to those who have made noteworthy contributions and achievements in public service, government service, professionalism, pro bono work, diversity and other areas. Both lawyers and members of the public are eligible to make nominations and receive awards.

Nominators are asked to complete a nomination form and email it, along with all other supporting materials, to barleaders@wsba.org by April 15, 2016.

For questions, please email Sue Strachan or call her at 206-733-5903.

The 2015 WSBA Awards trophies

Award Categories

Award of Merit
This award is the WSBA's highest honor and is given for a recent, singular achievement. It is awarded to individuals only — both lawyers and non-lawyers.

Courageous Award
This award is presented to an individual who has displayed exceptional courage in the face of adversity, thus bringing credit to the legal profession.

Excellence in Diversity Award
This award is made to a lawyer, law firm, or law-related group that has made a significant contribution to diversity in the legal profession.

Lifetime Service Award
This award is a special award given for a lifetime of service to the legal community and the public.

Pro Bono Award
This award is presented to a lawyer, non-lawyer, law firm, or bar association for outstanding cumulative efforts in providing pro bono services.

Professionalism Award
This honor is awarded to a WSBA member who exemplifies the spirit of professionalism in the practice of law, as defined in the WSBA's Creed of Professionalism.

Public Service Award
This award recognizes a WSBA member who exemplifies the WSBA's culture of service: one who gives back in meaningful ways to others, to his/her community, or to the profession.

Outstanding Judge Award
This award is presented for outstanding service to the bench and for special contribution to the legal profession at any level of the court.

Outstanding Young Lawyer Award
This award recognizes one attorney who has made significant contributions to the professional community, especially the community of young lawyers, within their initial years of practice. Recipients must be active WSBA members within five years of admission to any bar association or under 36 years of age.

Norm Maleng Leadership Award
This award is given jointly by the WSBA and the Access to Justice Board, in honor of Norm Maleng's legacy as a leader. He was an innovative and optimistic leader committed to justice and access to justice in both civil and criminal settings. Within the profession, his leadership was characterized by his love of the law and commitment to diversity and mentorship. This award recognizes those who embody these qualities.

Angelo Petruss Award for Lawyers in Government Service
Named in honor of Angelo R. Petruss, a senior assistant attorney general who passed away during his term of service on the WSBA Board of Governors, this award is given to a lawyer in government service who has made a significant contribution to the legal profession, the justice system, and the public.

Sally P. Savage Leadership in Philanthropy Award
The Washington State Bar Foundation is accepting nominations for the Sally P. Savage Leadership in Philanthropy Award, to be awarded at the WSBA Annual Award dinner in September 2016.

Sally Savage led the Bar Foundation’s renaissance and was a catalyst for its refocused mission to sustain the WSBA’s effort to advance justice and diversity. Her clarity, expertise and vision helped establish a path for enduring support of a strong bar association that provides statewide leadership on matters of profound importance to the profession and the citizenry. Sally’s spirit of generosity and leadership continue to inspire all who recognize the transformative potential of philanthropy. Philanthropy means “love of humanity” and focuses on private initiatives for the public good, focusing on quality of life. Sally Savage emulated this spirit of philanthropy in her life, and it is in her memory that we continue to honor donors, volunteers and friends of the Washington State Bar Foundation who embody Sally’s spirit.

Please submit a letter of nomination no more than two pages in length describing the nominee’s specific outstanding accomplishments and contributions meriting this award via email to foundation@wsba.org or by mail to Terra Nevitt c/o WSBA, 1325 Fourth Ave., Seattle, WA 98101. 

Please include contact information for the nominator(s) including email and phone number. The deadline for nominations is April 29, 2016.

Past WSBA Annual Award Recipients

Access to Justice Board Awards

Nominate people and organizations who make access to the justice system a reality for people in need.

Questions?

If you have questions, email Sue Strachan or call 206-733-5903.