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Nominations open for Justice Robert Benham Awards for Community Service

The Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism is accepting nominations for the 24th Annual Justice Robert Benham Awards for Community Service through Friday, Nov. 10.
Since 1998, the awards have honored Georgia lawyers and judges who have made significant contributions to their communities beyond their legal practice or official obligations. Past award recipients have engaged in a wide range of endeavors, including youth athletics and mentoring programs, literacy programs, social services, faith-based activities, promotion and support for pro bono or low bono legal services programs, community development, education, sports, recreation and the arts.
A complete list of past award recipients is available by clicking this link. Anyone, lawyers and non-lawyers alike, may submit a nomination. Nominees in each of Georgia’s 10 judicial districts are eligible for the award if they meet criteria as follows:
  1. Be a member of the State Bar of Georgia, in good standing, or have been a member, in good standing, at the time of death
  2. Have a record of outstanding community service and continuous service over a period of time to one or more causes, organizations or activities;
  3. Not be a member of the Selection Committee, staff of the State Bar of Georgia or Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism; and
  4. Not be in a judicial or political race for 2023 or 2024.

Nominations are due Nov. 10. The nomination application can be found at
The Benham Awards Selection Committee, chaired by U.S. Department of Justice Assistant Chief Immigration Judge Joy Lampley-Fortson, will consider all nominations. The Commission, in partnership with the Georgia Legal History Foundation, will honor award recipients at a ceremony on Wednesday, April 17, 2024, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Nathan Deal Judicial Center.

Founded in 1989 by the Supreme Court of Georgia, the Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism was the first body of its kind in the nation. The mission of the Commission is to support and encourage lawyers to exercise the highest levels of professional integrity in their relationships with their clients, other lawyers, the courts, and the public and to fulfill their obligations to improve the law and the legal system and to ensure access to that system.

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