Super Lawyers 2012 Pro Bono Awards Now Open for Nominations
Awards honor legal professionals for exceptional pro bono work
Eagan, Minn., Aug. 14, 2012 –Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters, is pleased to announce that its annual Super Lawyers Pro Bono Awards program is now open for nominations. The awards honor legal professionals, students and institutions that have exhibited excellence in offering no-cost legal services to the poor, exploited, vulnerable or disadvantaged.
In 2011, Super Lawyers launched the inaugural Pro Bono Awards, ultimately choosing eight exceptional lawyers, students, firms and schools as recipients of the first-ever prizes. Last year’s recipients provided pro bono legal services in areas ranging from Native American law to the fight against human trafficking.
“At Super Lawyers we consistently tell the stories of lawyers doing incredible work. But even we were taken aback by the number and caliber of nominations we received for last year’s inaugural Super Lawyers Pro Bono Awards. We are delighted to have the opportunity again to highlight the inspirational stories of attorneys making a significant difference with their pro bono efforts.” says Cindy Larson, Super Lawyers publisher.
Nominations are now open and will remain so until the last day of October. Attorneys, law firms, law students, law schools, government attorney offices and representatives of other legal institutions are eligible to be nominated for the awards. However, attorneys who work for organizations that solely perform pro bono services are ineligible.
Successful nominees will have demonstrated an exemplary record of donating their professional skills during the 2012 calendar year to those who are less fortunate or marginalized. Nominations can be submitted at superlawyers.com/about/probono_award.html. Individual self-nominations are not accepted.
The Pro Bono Awards recipients will be selected by a panel of judges comprising Super Lawyers employees and external representatives of the legal community. The panel will consider, among other criteria, whether each nominee made outstanding contributions to the law and to underrepresented groups; contributed significant hours to a pro bono project; demonstrated enthusiasm in support of a pro bono project; or spearheaded a pro bono effort in the community or on campus.
The recipients will be announced in January 2013 and will receive a cash award as well as editorial coverage in a 2013 edition of Super Lawyers magazine. Legal professionals interested in learning more can read about the 2011 awards recipients in the Super Lawyers special digital edition, found at http://digital.superlawyers.com/superlawyers/probonoAwards2011#pg1.
To read the official rules and terms, and to learn more about the panel’s selection process, please visit http://www.superlawyers.com/about/pro_bono_award_official_rules.html.
Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The multiphase selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.
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