Community Excellence Award  Nominations

For decades, the LGBT Bar Association Foundation of Greater New York, LeGaL, has bestowed its highest honor, the Community Vision Award, to recognize 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.

This year, LeGaL is thrilled to announce plans to present Community Excellence Awards, which will 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 alongside Community Vision Award recipients at LeGaL’s annual gala in February. 

Community Excellence Awards

Community Excellence Awards will be bestowed on 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, and mid-size firms; academia; and the 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 of the New York bar;

  • Be a member in good standing of the LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York (LeGaL);

  • 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. LeGaL staff and current LeGaL board members are not eligible to receive a Community Excellence Award.

Nomination and Selection Process

Please complete the Community Excellence Award nomination form to nominate yourself or an individual you believe is worthy of this award. Please submit the form, statement of support, the nominee’s current resume, and two letters of recommendation to Eric Lesh, at


Nominations will be accepted between November 1, 2020 and January 15, 2021. A panel of past Community Vision Award recipients, LeGaL Association and Foundation Board members, and LeGaL members will review nominations and recommend a slate of honorees to be voted on by the LeGaL Association and Foundation Boards. Awardees will be contacted in early February 2021 and will be recognized at LeGaL’s Annual Gala on February 25, 2021.

If you have any questions, please contact LeGaL’s Executive Director, Eric Lesh, at