February 5, 2008
Nominations open for Awards of Excellence
Each year, the Columbus Bar recognizes both lawyers and non-lawyers for their service to the community and the commitments they have made to increase awareness and understanding of the law. Under the leadership of Immediate Past President Belinda S. Barnes, the Association Relations Committee, has the task of reviewing nominations and making final recommendations to the Board of Governors, and the committee needs to hear from you!
To nominate an individual for one of these prestigious awards, send an email or fax to Donna Sweet (firstname.lastname@example.org or 221.4850) with the following information: Name of award; name of nominee; paragraph describing why you believe the individual deserves to be recognized; supporting documentation including resume or list of activities; your name and phone number. Nominations must be received no later than 5:00pm on February 22.
The awards under consideration are:
Award of Merit – recognizing the service of individuals in the administration of justice. Recipients must deal directly with lawyers and must be active in this position at the present time. Eligible candidates may be lawyers or non-lawyers.
Community Service Awards – recognizing attorneys who substantially contribute their time and effort in service to the central Ohio community. Their service must be outside the practice of law and must be given without compensation. Emphasis is placed on current service. Elected office holders are not eligible. Two awards are given: one to an attorney 36 years of age or under and one to an attorney 37 years of age or older.
Liberty Bell Award – giventoan individual who, by extraordinary efforts in the community, has demonstrated leadership and dedication to the principles of our democratic system of government by law and who, by public respect and understanding of each citizen's duties, promotes the general welfare and secures the blessing of liberty to ourselves and our posterity. Eligible candidates may be lawyers or non-lawyers.
Professionalism Award -- given to an attorney in recognition of exceptional dedication to the standards of the profession and for demonstrated integrity and humanitarian concern.
Bar Service Medal – the highest honor accorded by the Columbus Bar. It is presented to an attorney who is a member of the Columbus Bar and who has shown a long history of distinguished service to the bar.