2015 WSBA Annual Awards

Nominations are now being sought — deadline is April 15, 2015

The WSBA is seeking nominations for its 2015 WSBA Annual Awards, which honor exemplary individuals from the legal community who serve the legal needs of the public and their local communities. The awards will be presented at the annual Awards Dinner in Seattle on Sept. 17, 2015, to those who have made noteworthy contributions and achievements in public service, government service, professionalism, pro bono work, diversity, and other areas. Both lawyers and non-lawyers are eligible to make nominations and receive awards.

Nominators are asked to complete this 2015 Nomination Form. Save it to your computer, complete the form and email it, along with all other supporting materials, to barleaders@wsba.org by April 15, 2015. The WSBA awards committee carefully reviews each nomination and selects recipients. It is a humbling task to choose only one winner in each award category.

For questions, please contact Sue Strachan at barleaders@wsba.org or 206-733-5903.


Award categories and descriptions:

Award of Merit
This award is the WSBA's highest honor and is given for a recent, singular achievement. It is awarded to individuals only — both lawyers and non-lawyers.

Lifetime Service Award
This award is a special award given for a lifetime of service to the legal community and the public.

Professionalism Award
This honor is awarded to a WSBA member who exemplifies the spirit of professionalism in the practice of law, as defined in the WSBA's Creed of Professionalism.
Angelo Petruss Award for Lawyers in Government Service
Named in honor of Angelo R. Petruss, a senior assistant attorney general who passed away during his term of service on the WSBA Board of Governors, this award is given to a lawyer in government service who has made a significant contribution to the legal profession, the justice system, and the public.
Outstanding Judge Award
This award is presented for outstanding service to the bench and for special contribution to the legal profession at any level of the court.
Pro Bono Award
This award is presented to a lawyer, non-lawyer, law firm, or bar association for outstanding cumulative efforts in providing pro bono services.

Public Service Award
This award recognizes a WSBA member who exemplifies the WSBA's culture of service: one who gives back in meaningful ways to others, to his/her community, or to the profession.
Courageous Award
This award is presented to an individual who has displayed exceptional courage in the face of adversity, thus bringing credit to the legal profession.
Excellence in Diversity Award
This award is made to a lawyer, law firm, or law-related group that has made a significant contribution to diversity in the legal profession.
Outstanding Young Lawyer Award
This award recognizes one attorney who has made significant contributions to the professional community, especially the community of young lawyers, within their initial years of practice. Recipients must be active WSBA members within five years of admission to any bar association or under 36 years of age.
Norm Maleng Leadership Award
This award is presented jointly by the WSBA and the Access to Justice Board, in honor of Norm Maleng's legacy as a leader. He was an innovative and optimistic leader committed to justice and access to justice in both civil and criminal settings. Within the profession, his leadership was characterized by his love of the law and commitment to diversity and mentorship. This award recognized those who embody those qualities.
Sally P. Savage Leadership in Philanthropy Award
This award is presented jointly by the Washington State Bar Foundation and the Washington State Bar.
Sally Savage led the Bar Foundation’s renaissance and was a catalyst for its refocused mission to sustain the WSBA’s effort to advance justice and diversity. Sally Savage emulated the spirit of philanthropy in her life, and it is in her memory that we continue to honor donors, volunteers, and friends of the Washington State Bar Foundation who embody Sally’s spirit.

Past WSBA Annual Award Recipients

Access to Justice Board Awards

Nominate people and organizations who make access to the justice system a reality for people in need.


If you have questions, email Sue Strachan or call 206-733-5903.