YLD Pro Bono Award

Deadline for nominations tentatively set for October 2, 2015
The YLD Pro Bono Award recognizes the public service or legal aid performed by a young lawyer (under the age of 36 or one who has not practiced for more than five years in any jurisdiction) who provides outstanding contributions to those in need of legal services.  A nominee must be admitted to practice in Florida.

The term Pro Bono is derived from the phrase pro bono publico meaning “for the good of the public.” The purpose of this award is to encourage more Florida young lawyers to freely contribute their time and expertise in providing legal services to people in their community who cannot otherwise afford those services. In some instances, this will include legal services to charitable organizations which serve the poor. The emphasis of this award is on legal service to the poor.

Please Note:
The Pro Bono Award Application will be made available once we approach the October 2015 deadline date.
View YLD Pro Bono Service Award Past Recipients

AFFILIATE AWARDS

Affiliate of the Year Award

Deadline for nominations tentatively set for late December 2015
The Affiliate of the Year Award is given to a young lawyer Affiliate in the State of Florida for excellence in public service, member service, and creative use of resources.

Please Note:
The Affiliate of the Year Application will be made available once we approach the December 2015 deadline date.

Affiliate Public Service Project of the Year Award

Deadline for nominations tentatively set for late December 2015
This award recognizes a public service project that occurred in the 2014 calendar year, with the size of the Affiliate being considered.  The project must serve the public and community, enhance the relationship of young lawyers to the public and community, and be innovative.  In addition to direct service, social events that are primarily fundraisers for a project may be considered for this award.

Please Note:
The Affiliate Public Service Project of the Year Application will be made available once we approach the December 2015 deadline date.

Affiliate Member Service Project of the Year Award

Deadline for nominations tentatively set for late December 2015
This award recognizes a member service project that occurred in the 2014 calendar year, with the size of the Affiliate being considered. The project should internally serve young lawyers, provide for membership enrichment, and be innovative.  Social and educational events that enhance the lives of young lawyers may be considered for this award.

Please Note:
The Affiliate Member Service Project of the Year Application will be made available once we approach the December 2015 deadline date.

Diversity Award

Deadline for nominations April 1, 2016
The Diversity Award recognizes the person and/or entity that demonstrates the highest morality and respect for all persons and diversity, for efforts and allegiance to creating diversity and promoting a more diverse workplace. Diversity shall be defined as encouraging more gender, racial, ethnic, religious and other minority participation in law schools, the practice of law, in all areas of the law, including private, corporate, and public or government practices.

Nominations should consist of the application cover sheet, a letter or statement in support, and any other supporting materials (optional). All nominations must be received by the deadline via email to Awards Co-Chair, Ashley Sybesma at ashley@smithoropeza.com with a copy to YLD Program Administrator, Thomas Miller at tmiller@flabar.org.

Download the Diversity Award Nomination Cover Sheet

Outstanding Jurist Award

Deadline for nominations April 1, 2016
The Outstanding Jurist award is given to one with an excellent reputation for sound judicial decisions and an unblemished record of integrity as a lawyer and judge; is generally recognized by Bar members as highly qualified; is active in Bar related activities open to the judiciary; and demonstrates concern for and willingness to assist young lawyers and respects their abilities.

Nominations should consist of the application cover sheet, a letter or statement in support, and any other supporting materials (optional). All nominations must be received by the deadline via email to Awards Co-Chair, Ashley Sybesma at ashley@smithoropeza.com with a copy to YLD Program Administrator, Thomas Miller at tmiller@flabar.org.

Download the Outstanding Jurist Nomination Cover Sheet

The Lynn Futch Most Productive Young Lawyer Award

Deadline for nominations April 1, 2016
This award is given to a young lawyer who is not a member of the Florida Bar YLD Board of Governors, who has worked most diligently in the past year in Bar activities and/or law related public activities and who has an excellent reputation for legal abilities and integrity.

Nominations should consist of the application cover sheet, a letter or statement in support, and any other supporting materials (optional). All nominations must be received by the deadline via email to Awards Co-Chair, Ashley Sybesma at ashley@smithoropeza.com with a copy to YLD Program Administrator, Thomas Miller at tmiller@flabar.org.

Download the Lynn Futch Most Productive Young Lawyer Award Nomination Cover Sheet

Michael K. Reese Quality of Life Award

Deadline for nominations April 1, 2016
The Quality of Life Award awarded to the person and/or entity, which through humanitarian respect advances balance and fulfillment in lawyers’ lives by redefining current work habits and schedules to provide more flexibility and a more meaningful existence. Quality of Life shall be defined as finding equilibrium between work and family and community involvement to maximize good health and minimize stress in one’s career.

Nominations should consist of the application cover sheet, a letter or statement in support, and any other supporting materials (optional). All nominations must be received by the deadline via email to Awards Co-Chair, Ashley Sybesma at ashley@smithoropeza.com with a copy to YLD Program Administrator, Thomas Miller at tmiller@flabar.org.

Download the Michael K. Reese Quality of Life Award Nomination Cover Sheet