YLD seeks award nominations

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Feb. 6, 2019
Contact: Paula Saha
Director of Communications and Media Relations
NEW BRUNSWICK - The New Jersey State Bar Association Young Lawyers Division is seeking nominations for its annual awards program.
Each year the YLD hands out four awards at the New Jersey State Bar Association Annual Meeting and Convention in Atlantic City. The awards are: Service to the Community, Service to the Bar, Professional Achievement, and Young Lawyer of the Year.
Service to the Community: For young lawyers who have devoted substantial time and energy to community-oriented activities such as pro bono work, government service, charity involvement, or other public service over the past year are candidates for the Service to the Community award. Young lawyers who are in paid public service positions are not eligible for this award unless they are doing something in addition to the job that they get paid for.
Service to the Bar: Nominees for the Service to the Bar category should be young lawyers who dedicated considerable volunteer time to bar activities at the county, state, and/or national level, including specialty and minority bars, over the past year.
Professional Achievement: The Professional Achievement award acknowledges a young lawyer who has had significant professional accomplishments during the past year. This can include publications, demonstrated excellence in a particular area of law, a significant verdict or law-changing appellate or Supreme Court decision, or other such professional achievement.
Young Lawyer of the Year: The Young Lawyer of the Year award is presented to a young lawyer whose combined personal and professional achievements over the past year merit special recognition, and who has additionally made significant community and public service contributions, has actively participated in the organized bar and has stood out in the areas of professional knowledge, skill, integrity and courtesy.
Nominees must be members of the New Jersey State Bar Association ­and "young lawyers" as of May 31, 2019, to be eligible for an award. A "young lawyer" is any lawyer who has been engaged in the practice of law for ten years or less OR who is under the age of 36. Nominees that do not meet these basic criteria will be rejected.
If there are no viable candidates for any given award, such an award may not be bestowed at the discretion of the Awards Committee.
The deadline for submitting nominations is Sunday, March 17, 2019. Please send questions, nominations and any information you think would help the awards committee make their decision to [email protected].