Professionalism Award Criteria

The American Inns of Court Professionalism Awards are awarded each year, in participating federal circuits, to a lawyer or judge whose life and practice display sterling character and unquestioned integrity, coupled with ongoing dedication to the highest standards of the legal profession and the rule of law.

With the concurrence and participation of the chief judge of the circuit, the award is presented at each circuit's judicial conference.

The winners are also recognized at the American Inns of Court's annual Celebration of Excellence held at the Supreme Court of the United States.

Please note: The nominee does not need to be an American Inn of Court member and must be alive at the time of nomination. Nominations of lawyers are given preference in the selection process