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State bar opens nominations for awards

December 28, 2016
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State Bar of Michigan honors 'best' in profession
The State Bar of Michigan Board of Commissioners meets in Grand Rapids at DeVos Place during an annual meeting. Photo via

The governing organization for attorneys in Michigan has announced that the nomination period for its annual awards is now open.

The State Bar of Michigan, or SBM, said this month it is accepting nominations for "major" awards that will be presented at the organization’s September 2017 annual meeting in Detroit.

There are several SBM annual awards: the Roberts P. Hudson Award; Frank J. Kelley Distinguished Public Service Award; Champion of Justice Award; Kimberly M. Cahill Bar Leadership Award; John W. Reed Michigan Lawyer Legacy Award; and John W. Cummiskey Pro Bono Award, which was named after a Grand Rapids attorney.

Nominations for these awards are due by 5 p.m. on Feb. 17.

The bar is also accepting nominations for the Liberty Bell Award. The award recipient is selected by the SBM Awards Committee from nominations made by local and special-purpose bar associations. The award is presented to a non-lawyer who has made a significant contribution to the justice system.

The deadline for the Liberty Bell award is May 12.

The SBM said award nominations should include enough details about the accomplishments of the nominee to allow the awards committees to make a decision. Last year’s non-winning nominees will automatically be considered for this year’s awards.

Any SBM member can nominate candidates for awards. More information about the award guidelines and how to nominate is online.

Cummiskey Award nominations can be sent to Robert Mathis at rmathis at mail.michbar dot org. All other nominations can be submitted to Joyce Nordeen at jnordeen at mail.michbar dot org.

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Membership in the State Bar of Michigan is mandatory for attorneys who practice law in Michigan.

The organization's mission is to aid in promoting improvements in the administration of justice and advancements in jurisprudence, improving relations between the legal profession and the public and promoting the interests of the legal profession in Michigan.

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