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OBA Awards: Committee Issues Call for Nominations

OBA AwardsOBA awards are the epitome of recognition in the legal profession. Is there a mentor or colleague who deserves the spotlight?

The time has come to nominate Oklahoma lawyers who deserve around of applause. Awards will be presented at the OBA Annual Meeting to beheld Nov. 13-15 at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Oklahoma City. The deadline for nominations is Friday, Aug. 23.

You know someone who has done something tremendous; now allow them to be recognized.

Anyone can submit an award nomination, and anyone nominated can win. Nominations don’t have to be long; they can be as short as a one-page letter to the OBA Awards Committee.


  • The entire nomination cannot exceed five single-sided, 81/2” x 11” pages. (This includes exhibits.)
  • Nomination forms are available, but not required. Forms are available in MS Word or interactive PDF.
  • Make sure the name of the person being nominated and the person (or organization) making the nomination is on the nomination.
  • If you think someone qualifies for awards in several categories,pick one award and only do one nomination. The OBA Awards Committee may consider the nominee for an award in a category other than one in which you nominate that person.
  • You can mail, fax or email your nomination (pick one). Emails should be sent to Fax to 405-416-7089.

Mail to: OBA Awards Committee, P.O. Box 53036, Oklahoma City, OK 73152


Individuals for Whom Awards are Named

Outstanding County Bar Association Award - for meritorious efforts and activities

Hicks Epton Law Day Award -for individuals or organizations for noteworthy Law Day activities

Golden Gavel Award - for OBA Committees and Sections performing with a high degree of excellence

Liberty Bell Award - for non-lawyers or lay organizations for promoting or publicizing matters regarding the legal system

Outstanding Young Lawyer Award- for a member of the OBA Young Lawyers Division for service to the profession

Earl Sneed Award - for outstanding continuing legal education contributions

Award of Judicial Excellence- for excellence of character, job performance or achievement while a judge and service to the bench, bar and community

Fern Holland Courageous Lawyer Award - to an OBA member who has courageously performed in a manner befitting the highest ideals of our profession

Outstanding Service to the Public Award - for significant community service by an OBA member or bar-related entity

Award for Outstanding Pro Bono Service - by an OBA member or bar-related entity

Joe Stamper Distinguished Service Award - to an OBA member for long-term service to the bar association or contributions to the legal profession

Neil E. Bogan Professionalism Award- to an OBA member practicing 10 years or more who for conduct, honesty,integrity and courtesy best represents the highest standards of the legal profession

John E. Shipp Award for Ethics- to an OBA member who has truly exemplified the ethics of the legal profession either by 1) acting in accordance with the highest ethical standards in the face of pressure to do otherwise or 2) by serving as a role model for ethics to the other members of the profession

Alma Wilson Award - for an OBA member who has made a significant contribution to improving the lives of Oklahoma children

Trailblazer Award - to an OBA member or members who by their significant, unique visionary efforts have had a profound impact upon our profession and /or community and in doing so have blazed a trail for others to follow


Award Committee Chair Deidre Dexter shares these suggestions:

  • A respected lawyer or judge has no chance of winning if he or she is not nominated.
  • County bars are encouraged to nominate themselves. Smaller bars have an equal chance to win because the number of members is considered in relation to the county bar activities accomplished for Law Day and/or for the entire year.
  • A nomination that gives details or shares short stories about why a person deserves to win has a better chance of winning than submitting a bio. Don’t assume committee members know your nominee.
  • Information about your nominee is better than letters of support. Don’t put this off until the last minute; start writing your short, concise nomination today. Your nominee deserves to be considered for an OBA award.