Jack Berman Award of Achievement

Now Accepting Nominations for 2017 Award

Deadline: Monday, May 15, 2017, 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time

About the Award

The California Young Lawyers Association (“CYLA”), a Committee of the State Bar of California, annually confers the Jack Berman Award of Achievement. This award recognizes a new or young lawyer for distinguished service to the public, the judiciary, or the legal profession.

The State Bar of California established this prestigious award in 1992 in memory of Jack Berman. Mr. Berman was a young attorney who performed outstanding service to both the public and profession before he tragically died in a shooting in San Francisco. The Award honors his dedicated service to issues of concern to the profession, especially to its young lawyers.

Award Criteria

  • Any active member of the State Bar of California who is either in his or her first five years of practice or age thirty-six or younger is eligible.
  • Award applications should describe a project or service to the public, the judiciary, and/or the legal profession. The project or service may—but need not be—pro bono.
  • The application may describe work performed before 2016, but should highlight achievements from 2016.
  • The award recognizes a new or young lawyer for his or her individual achievements.

For more information, please review the Award Guidelines and Nomination Form.

Past Recipients

For information about recipients prior to 2010, see the Awards page for the Jack Berman Award.