Jack Berman Award of Achievement

Now Accepting Nominations for 2016 Award

Deadline: Friday, February 26, 2016

Each year, the California Young Lawyers Association ("CYLA"), a committee of The State Bar of California, confers the Jack Berman Award of Achievement to recognize a new or young attorney for distinguished service to the public, judiciary, or legal profession.

The State Bar established this prestigious award in 1992 to recognize the individual achievements of a lawyer who is either in his or her first five years of practice or age thirty-six or younger. The award is in memory of Jack Berman, a young lawyer who demonstrated outstanding service to the public and the profession, and who was tragically killed in a San Francisco shooting. This annual award honors his dedicated service to issues of concern to the profession, especially to its young lawyers.

Criteria for selection:

  • Any active member of The State Bar of California who is either in his or her first five years of practice or thirty-six or younger is eligible for nomination.
  • Award applications should be based on a project or service to the public, the judiciary, or the legal profession. The project or service need not be pro bono.
  • The project or service may include work performed in prior years, but should highlight achievements from 2015.
  • The award recognizes someone for his or her individual achievements.

For more information see the 2016 Berman Award Guidelines and the 2016 Jack Berman Award of Achievement Nomination Form.

Past Recipients

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