New Advocate of the Year Award: Access to Justice Award
The New Advocate of the Year Award annually recognizes affirmative, energetic, effective advocacy by an advocate who has been with his or her program less than five years.
Who is eligible?
Attorneys and paralegals who work with a provider (LSC or non-LSC funded) of civil legal aid to low-income people, who have been employed by their programs less than five years.
What is the award seeking to recognize?
This award seeks to recognize a specific kind of advocacy: Nominations should be based on advocacy that is affirmative, energetic and effective. It seeks to recognize those who use their legal skills in an active, creative way that produces outstanding benefits for individual clients and the communities in which they live.
HOW TO NOMINATE SOMEONE
To nominate someone you may use this form or you may submit a narrative that includes the nominee’s name, program, the date they began with their program, and specific examples of the kind of affirmative, energetic, effective advocacy that this award seeks to recognize. Please be advised, this award is not just a “good person” award, but recognizes a specific kind of accomplishment: affirmative, creative, effective advocacy (litigation or other activities). If appropriate, feel free to attach any documents supporting the nomination, such as news articles, opinions, client comments, commendations, etc.
If you are not using the nomination form to make your nomination, please be sure to include contact information for yourself and the nominee. Up to three additional supporting nominations or letters can be submitted by individuals or programs for each nominee. Please refrain from supporting or encouraging nominations via listserv or other public forums. Email your nomination packet to Navyeli Chavez.
The 2019 nomination period is now open. The submission deadline is July 5, 2019 by end of business day.
Past Award Winners
2006 McKenna Cox and Sharmila Murphy
2007 Dawn Gerhardt
2008 No Award Given
2009 Craig Barnes & Spring Miller
2010 Katie Evans & Chris Coleman
2011 Shayla Purifoy
2012 Adrienne Kittos
2013 Charity Miles Williams & Emily O'Donnell
2014 Charles E. McDaniel II
2015 Robert Downs
2016 Zac Oswald
2017 Christina Magrans-Tillery
2018 Vanessa Bullock