Nominate an Attorney who meets or exceeds the criteria for the award

Utah State Bar Awards

Appreciation is a human need.  We respond to appreciation expressed through recognition of good work because it confirms that the work is valued.  The Utah State Bar presents specific awards throughout the year to appreciate and to recognize organizations and individuals of distinction in the Utah legal community who render high achievement, innovation, vision, and leadership in legal work and in meritorious service to our society.

We invite you to nominate a peer or organization who epitomizes excellence in the work they do and sets a higher standard, making the Utah legal community and our society a better place.

“No one who achieves success does so without acknowledging the help of others.  The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude.”


List of Awards Below

Nominations should be substantive, and include details describing how the attorney meets and/or exceeds the criteria set forth in the award description.
Nominations are limited to 400 words. Nominations may include up to two attachments (i.e., magazine/newspaper articles, letters of support for the nomination, etc.). Self-nominations are encouraged.

 

 AWARD CHOSEN PRESENTED
 January Spring Convention
 Dorathy Merrill Brothers Award, Advancement of Women in the Law
Awarded to a Utah State Bar attorney whose professionalism, public service, and dedication improves the legal profession, enhances the administration of justice, and the delivery of legal services in Utah.  The award recipient should have a history of encouraging new efforts and engaging in significant activity on behalf of the advancement of women in the legal profession.

 

 January Spring Convention
 Raymond S. Uno Award, Advancement of Minorities in the Law
Awarded to a Utah State Bar attorney whose professionalism, public service, and dedication improves the legal profession, enhances the administration of justice, and the delivery of legal services in Utah.  The award recipient should have a history of encouraging new efforts and engaging in significant activity on behalf of the advancement of minorities in the legal profession.

 

 June Summer Convention
 Distinguished Judge of the Year
 Awarded to a Utah Judge or Justice whose career exemplifies the highest standards of judicial conduct for integrity and independence; who is knowledgeable of the law and faithful to it; who is unswayed by partisan interests, public clamor or fear of criticism; patient, dignified and courteous to all who appear before the court; endeavors to improve the administration of justice and public understanding of, and respect for, the role of law in our society.

 

JuneSummer Convention
 Distinguished Lawyer of the Year
Awarded to a Utah State Bar member who, over a long and distinguished legal career, has by their ethical and personal conduct, commitment and activities, exemplified for their fellow attorneys the epitome of professionalism; who has also rendered extraordinary contributions to the programs and activities of the Utah State Bar in the prior year.

 

 June Summer Convention
 Distinguished Section of the Year
Awarded to a Section of the Utah State Bar that has made outstanding contributions of time and talents to Bar activities as well as provided outstanding services, programs and/or activities for Bar members and the public at large during the past year.  The Section serves the Utah State Bar mission of being a united, inclusive organization – serving the legal profession and the public

 

 June Summer Convention
 Distinguished Committee of the Year
Awarded to a Committee of the Utah State Bar that has made outstanding contributions of time and talents to Bar activities as well as provided outstanding services, programs and/or activities for Bar members.  The Committee serves the Utah State Bar mission of being a united, inclusive organization – serving the legal profession and the public.

 

October Utah Philanthropy Day
  Heart & Hands Award 
To acknowledge a Bar member who has made significant contributions to a community cause through his/her philanthropic service

 

 November Fall Forum
 The Charlotte Miller, James Lee, and Paul Moxley Mentor Awards
Awarded to three individual attorneys who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to the mentorship of  Utah lawyers, generally.  These individuals have guided lawyers throughout their professional training in a continuing, multifaceted partnership sustained by mutual respect and concern.  These mentors make a broad impact on mentorship by facilitating communities or building infrastructure.  They have provided intellectual  leadership, created a supportive environment, have acted as advocates, and promoted diversity and inclusiveness

 

 November Fall Forum
 Distinguished Community Member 
Awarded to a non-lawyer member of the community who demonstrates outstanding service toward the creation of a better public understanding of the legal profession and the administration of justice, the judiciary or the legislative process.

 

November Fall Forum
 Professionalism Award 
Awarded to a lawyer or judge whose deportment in the practice of law represents the highest standards of fairness, integrity, and civility

 

When Warranted
Lifetime Service Award
Awarded to a lawyer or judge whose esteemed career has been dedicated to significant involvement in the activities, programs, and leadership of the Utah State Bar and devoted to enriching the legal profession and serving the public.  The award was first given in 2006.  Recipients have included prominent senior members of the Bar, including twelve past Bar Presidents, three former Bar Commissioners; two with significant involvement in the American Bar Association and one with exceptional involvement in important Bar programs.  Past winners were also members of the Utah State Legislature, Federal Court judges, the first Woman Utah Supreme Court Justice, and a founding member of the Utah Court of Appeals who was the first woman Utah State Bar President.

 

 When Warranted
   Special Service Award