Award Description:
The Citizen Lawyer Awards highlight contributions made by members of the Louisiana State Bar Association to the civic health and quality of life within their home towns and parishes.  The Citizen Lawyer Awards recognize lawyers who perform noteworthy public service or engage in charitable and civic activities for the benefit of others out of a sense of concern, duty, responsibility, and professionalism.  The LSBA believes it is important to acknowledge these often unsung heroes and heroines in the communities in which they live and work.  The Citizen Lawyer Awards will also inform the public of the significant contributions of quality of life made by lawyers and judges. 

The LSBA sponsors a number of awards and programs recognizing the contribution of lawyers to the legal profession.  Citizen Lawyer Awards, however, should be presented to lawyers and judges who serve the public, particularly their neighbors. It will be awarded by the Association annually at the LSBA Midyear Meeting. 

Award Applicants:
The lawyer must be admitted to practice in Louisiana, the judge must have been elected or appointed to a state or federal court in Louisiana.

Award Criteria:
Serving community organizations in an extraordinarily constructive way, whether in a leadership position or otherwise.  For example, serving community organizations, including youth groups, economic development organizations, schools, universities, colleges, medical facilities, hospitals, chambers of commerce, the arts organizations or serving in government or civic positions of responsibility; or assisting groups or individuals on a volunteer basis in a non-legal capacity; or Educating the public, individuals or students about legal system; or Working in conjunction with the Court system to make it more welcoming, inviting, and understandable for jurors, witnesses, or victims of crime; or Bringing positive attention to lawyers within the community; or Standing for election to and/or holding governmental office; or Working on local groups or boards involved in the betterment of the community, such as municipal airport authorities, library boards, or planning commissions; or Significant work for local Bar Associations; or Significant work for local Inns of Court.

Leah Hipple McKay Award:
The recipient of the LSBA Leah Hipple McKay Award for Outstanding Volunteerism is selected annually from among the LSBA Citizen Lawyer Award recipients. It will be awarded by the Association at the LSBA Annual Meeting.

The Louisiana State Bar Association's (LSBA) Leah Hipple McKay Memorial Award for Outstanding Volunteerism is the premier award of the LSBA's Citizen Lawyer Awards program. The award is named in honor of the late Leah Hipple McKay, a member of the LSBA and a deeply committed volunteer. The award is presented to a Louisiana lawyer or judge who has made significant long-term volunteer contributions. The Board of Governors created this award in honor of Leah's considerable civic involvement and invaluable service provided to the LSBA during her husband Michael W. McKay's 2004-05 presidency.

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Citizen Lawyer Award Nominee's Name

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Nominee's Title

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Nominee's Organization or Firm Name

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Nominee's Email

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Nominee's Telephone Number

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Nominee's Address

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Please indicate nominee's gender.

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Please provide name of person nominating individual for the Citizen Lawyer Award. (Also required if self-nomination).

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Email of the person submitting the nomination.

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Phone number of the person submitting the nomination.

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In 300 words or less, explain why this nominee should be selected for the Citizen Lawyer AwardPlease provide specific details that comply with the above award criteria.

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Please indicate what type of supporting documentation will be provided. Supporting documentation must be emailed to outreach@lsba.org or mailed to 601 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA  70130 by the deadline of June 30, 2020. Limited to 15 pages, 8 1/2 by 11 inches, single sided pages.

For more information about this, or other LSBA awards, please go to: https://www.lsba.org/Members/Awards.aspx.

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