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FEBRUARY 2014 - Loren Miller Award
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Loren Miller Legal Services Award and the President's Pro Bono Service Awards Nominations


WLALA is seeking candidates to nominate to the California State Bar for the Loren Miller Legal Services Award and the President’s Pro Bono Service Awards.*

"The Loren Miller Legal Services Award, named after the late Loren Miller, an African American lawyer and judge who was a leader in the civil rights movement, was established in 1977 to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the State Bar of California. It is considered a lifetime achievement award and is given annually to a lawyer admitted to practice in California who has demonstrated long-term commitment to legal services and who has personally done significant work in extending legal services to the poor. Previous award recipients include the staff of legal services organizations such as directors of litigation, executive directors and private bar attorneys.”  

"The State Bar Board of Trustees created the President’s Pro Bono Service Awards in 1983. The awards recognize California attorneys, law firms and associations of California lawyers who have provided or enabled the direct provision of legal services to poor persons or organizations whose primary purpose is to provide legal services to the poor, free of charge, without expectation of compensation from the client, in the preceding calendar year. In November 2009, the Board of Trustees expanded the list of award recipients to include California law schools accredited by the American Bar Association or The State Bar of California and law students currently enrolled in those law schools. A combined total of up to nine awards shall be given annually in all award categories. Recommendations for the President’s Pro Bono Service Awards are made by the Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services (SCDLS) to the Board of Trustees, which reviews and approves the recommendations.”

WLALA will confidentially vet all candidates whose names are submitted on a timely basis to its Awards and Recognition Committee, as long as the format below is followed.   After vetting, and a vote in favor by the WLALA Board of Governors, successful candidates will be nominated to the State Bar.  All submissions are due to WLALA by 9:00 a.m. on February 13, 2014.  The detailed statements in support of any submission(s) must contain the information set forth below, or the submission will not be considered.  


Criteria for Loren Miller Legal Services Award:  

•Demonstrated dedication to the development and delivery of legal services

•Community organizing to increase access to the legal system

•Performance of legal services with a demonstrated long-term commitment to providing legal services

•Successful precedent-setting litigation which benefited the poor

•Successful local, state and/or national legislative advocacy on behalf of under-represented persons


The link to the nomination form and additional information about the award is here:  http://calbar.ca.gov/AboutUs/Awards/LorenMillerLegalServices.aspx.  Please submit a nomination form in Word to WLALA with your submission.  The submission should also have the following information:
 
•The nomination form and nominee’s current resume or biography with work history and dates are required and must be submitted electronically as Word documents.* 
 
•In addition, at least one (1) but no more than five (5) letters in support of the nomination that include citations to reported cases, references to legislative and organizing efforts, successful projects and relevant newspaper or other articles about the nominee’s professional accomplishments. 
 
•Letters of support and additional supporting material must be submitted with the nomination form and resume as individual PDF files, except for articles which can be submitted via live URL links. Video web links, CDs and DVDs will not be accepted.  
 
•Letters of support should be addressed to the "Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services”.
 
•All attachments must be itemized in the body of the e-mail message. 
 
•The total size of all documents attached to a single e-mail cannot exceed 10 MB. If necessary, send remaining documents in a second e-mail. 
 
•The page limit on letters of support and additional supporting materials (not including the resume) is 25 pages.
 

*All questions on the nomination form should be answered thoroughly.


 
Criteria for President’s Pro Bono Service Awards:
 
Up to nine awards may be given for the provision of outstanding pro bono legal services in calendar year 2013 (or 2012-2013 academic year for law school and law student nominations).  The criteria for selection, factors considered, and award categories information may be found here in this link:  http://calbar.ca.gov/AboutUs/Awards/PresidentsProBonoService.aspx.
 
The link to the nomination form and additional information about the award is here:  http://calbar.ca.gov/AboutUs/Awards/PresidentsProBonoService.aspx.  Please submit a nomination form in Word to WLALA with your submission.  The submission should also have the following information:
 
•The nominee’s current resume or biography with work history and dates are required and must be submitted electronically as Word documents.*
 
•Letters of support and additional supporting material must be submitted with the nomination form and resume as individual PDF files, except for articles which can be submitted via live URL links. Video web links, CDs and DVDs will not be accepted.
 
•Letters of support should be addressed to the "Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services”.
 
•All attachments must be itemized in the body of the e-mail message.
 
•The total size of all documents attached to a single e-mail cannot exceed 10 MB. If necessary, send remaining documents in a second e-mail.
 
•The page limit on letters of support and additional supporting materials (not including the resume) is 15 pages.
 
* All information requested in Sections A and B of the nomination form must be provided. If information is missing, the nomination may be disqualified. If information needs to be clarified, the nominator may be contacted. If another entity will also be nominating the same candidate, WLALA and the other entity(ies) will need to submit one joint nomination that includes responses to all questions in Sections A and B by all entities.
 
The awards will be presented at the State Bar Annual Meeting in September in San Diego. 



*WLALA has no role in selecting the recipients for these awards.  The selection process is run solely by the State Bar Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services, not WLALA.  However, WLALA will submit nominations for consideration by SCDLS.  If you would like WLALA to nominate you or someone else for consideration for one of these awards, then please submit the information requested above by replying to this email (info@wlala.org).  


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