The CAL‐ABOTA Community Service Award
shall be presented annually to a CAL‐ABOTA member, firm or
chapter that has undertaken an exemplary act or continuing acts of service to their community. While
philanthropy may be a consideration for determining the annual award recipient, this award is intended
to encourage, recognize and celebrate a CAL‐ABOTA member or entity that has undertaken a significant
commitment of time, talent, effort and/or resources so as to make a meaningful impact upon the quality
of life in their community, or to support and enhance the effectiveness of existing charitable
organizations. Donations of time and support to legal aid organizations qualify for consideration for the
Annual Community Service Award, but emphasis will be placed upon those efforts and services
dedicated to broader community needs.
As a professional organization that encourages and celebrates “Civility”, this award is intended to honor
CAL‐ABOTA members who extend and demonstrate civility beyond the practice of law, and in ways that
meaningfully impact and support the community, a consequence of which can be an elevation of the
reputation and profile of our profession.
Each chapter of CAL‐ABOTA will be allowed to nominate one individual, firm or the chapter itself for
consideration for the award each year. The nomination shall be forwarded to the Executive Director of
CAL‐ABOTA no later than February 28th of each year and the winner will be determined by a vote at the
meeting of the Board’s Executive Committee occurring in conjunction with the CAL‐ABOTA annual
retreat, generally held during the first quarter of the year. After the winner is selected, the award will
be presented to the winner by the current CAL‐ABOTA President or a designee at either a regular
meeting of the chapter to which the winner is affiliated or at the annual conference held in Hawaii each November.
Nominations shall be brief but provide a complete description of the community that has been served,
the extent of the effort involved, the impact of such service and any positive effect the service has had
on the profile of the profession (if any). Pictures, news articles, websites and other forms of media
coverage/social media profiling can be submitted as well to support the nomination.
Click Here to download the Nomination Form