Idaho State Bar Awards

Each year the Idaho State Bar Board of Commissioners presents awards to members of the Bar who demonstrate exemplary leadership, professionalism and commitment to the legal profession and to the public. Nominations can be submitted at any time, but the deadline to be included in the current year is at the end of March, with selections announced in May. The Distinguished Jurist, Distinguished Lawyer, Outstanding Young Lawyer and Section of the Year awards are presented at the Annual Meeting each July. The Professionalism and Pro Bono awards are presented at the resolution meetings in the fall.

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Information on Submitting Award Nominations

Distinguished Lawyer

This award is given to an attorney (or attorneys) each year who has distinguished the profession through exemplary conduct and many years of dedicated service to the profession and to Idaho citizens.

Professionalism Awards

The awards are given to at least one attorney in each of Idaho’s seven judicial districts who has engaged in extraordinary activity in his or her community, in the state, or in the profession, which reflects the highest standards of professionalism.

Denise O'Donnell Day Pro Bono Awards

Pro bono awards are presented to the person(s) from each of the judicial districts that have donated extraordinary time and effort to help clients who are unable to pay for services.

Service Awards

Service awards are given each year to lawyers and non-lawyers for exemplary service to the Bar and/or Idaho Law Foundation.

Outstanding Young Lawyer

The purpose of the award is to recognize an Idaho State Bar young lawyer who has provided service to the profession, the Idaho State Bar, Idaho Law Foundation, and to the community and who exhibits professional excellence.

Distinguished Jurist Award

This award recognizes excellence, integrity and independence by a member of the judiciary. Nominees are selected for their competence, fairness, goodwill and professionalism.

Section of the Year

The Idaho State Bar Practice Section of the Year Award is presented in recognition of a Section’s outstanding contribution to the Idaho State Bar, to their area of practice, to the legal profession, and to the community.

Award Nominations

Award nominations should include the following:

  • Name of the award
  • Name, address, phone, and email of the person(s) you are nominating
  • A short description of the nominee’s activity in your community or in the state, which you believe brings credit to the legal profession and qualifies him or her for the award you have indicated
  • Any supporting documents or letters you want included with the nomination
  • Your name, along with your address, phone, and email

You can nominate a person for more than one award.

Nominations are accepted throughout the year. Submit nominations to:

Executive Director
Idaho State Bar
PO Box 895
Boise ID 83701
fax (208) 334-4515