Last week, we shined a well-deserved spotlight on the recipients of the 2012 Super Lawyers Pro Bono Awards. Next year, that prestigious list could include someone you know — and perhaps even you.

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2013 Super Lawyers Pro Bono Awards. The annual awards honor individual lawyers, law firms, law students, law schools, and others who provide legal services to clients who are poor, exploited, or underrepresented.

So how does the Pro Bono Awards nomination process work, and how can it pay off for the award recipients?

First, the payoff: Each Super Lawyers Pro Bono Awards recipient receives a monetary award. This is in addition to publicity for the recipient’s pro bono efforts via the Super Lawyers blog, the Super Lawyers website (, and in a special Pro Bono Super Lawyers Digital Edition.

The Pro Bono Awards nomination form is available online. It asks for details about how the nominee “went above and beyond in pro bono service.” This can include, but is not limited to, lawyers, law firms, law students, and organizations that:

  • Made a profound impact, perhaps with a particular group of people or by changing or influencing the law;
  • Provided a unique service that led to improvements in how legal services are provided to those in need; or
  • Enhanced the human dignity of others by delivering legal services to a needy group of people.

After a nomination form is submitted, a review committee considers factors such as legal effort, personal contribution, impact on the law, and innovation. Law students and law programs are also evaluated based on their leadership and community outreach.

Note, however, that you can’t nominate yourself.

Nominations for the 2013 Super Lawyers Pro Bono Awards are due by 11:59 pm CST on Wednesday, October 30, 2013. You can fill out a nomination form online at the Super Lawyers Pro Bono Awards website.

Disclosure: Super Lawyers and are owned by the same company.

— Mary Williams, Director, Marketing and Product, Super Lawyers
with Andrew Chow, FindLaw Audience Team

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