For decades, the LGBT Bar Association Foundation of Greater New York (LGBT Bar NY) has presented its Community Vision Awards and Community Excellence Awards to individuals or organizations with a distinguished record of service to the LGBTQ+ community, including a sustained commitment to achieving equal rights for all members of our community.
LGBT Bar NY is now accepting nominations for its 2024 Community Excellence Awards, which recognize New York LGBTQ+ legal professionals, across all fields of practice, for their commitment to the LGBTQ+ community and for high achievement in the profession. Recipients of Community Excellence Awards will be celebrated and recognized at LGBT Bar NY’s annual gala on May 9, 2024.
Community Excellence Awards
A maximum of four Community Excellence Awards will be bestowed to New York-licensed attorneys at any stage of their careers and across all fields of professional practice, including: public interest; government; non-profit; in-house; large, small, mid-size firms; academia; and judiciary. The Awards will recognize a commitment to serving the LGBTQ+ community and a record of distinction in the practice of law. Self-nominations are accepted.
Eligibility and Criteria
To be eligible for consideration for a Community Excellence Award, the applicant shall:
Be a member of good standing to practice in the courts of the State of New York;
Be a member in good standing of the LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York (LGBT Bar NY);
Demonstrate a commitment to serving the LGBTQ community; and
Demonstrate a distinguished record of excellence in the practice of law.
Individuals of all backgrounds, genders, and orientations will be considered and are encouraged to apply. Legal professionals at all career levels and across all practice areas will be considered. LGBT Bar NY staff and current LGBT Bar NY board members are not eligible to receive a Community Excellence Award.
Nomination and Selection Process
Please complete the online Community Excellence Award Nomination Form to nominate yourself or an individual you believe is worthy of this award. You will be asked to submit the nominee's current resume and two letters of recommendation in support of the nomination. Nominations are due February 29, 2024 at 5:00 pm (EST).
A panel of past Community Vision Award recipients and LGBT Bar NY members will review nominations and recommend a slate of honorees to be voted on by the LGBT Bar NY Board of Directors. Awardees will be contacted in early March 2024 and will be recognized at LGBT Bar NY's annual gala on May 9, 2024.
If you have any questions, please contact LGBT Bar NY’s Executive Director, Shain Filcher, at firstname.lastname@example.org.