ISBA Civic Education Award

The Committee on Law-Related Education has established “ISBA Civics Education Award” designed to annually honor up to three individuals who have helped educate the public about civics, especially our legal system.

Past Winners


  • Hon. John O’Gara
  • Ms. Raquel Martinez
  • Ms. Janette Forman


  • Hon. Jennifer Johnson
  • Steven Rakowski
  • Stanley Wasser


  • Hon. Justin Hansen
  • Kathleen Karayannis
  • Kelsey Chetosky


  • Sarah Taylor
  • Judge Wilbrandt
  • Michael Alkaraki


  • Must be a member of the ISBA, either volunteered through the Mock Trial Invitational, Lawyers in the Classroom or the Speakers Bureau;
  • Must provide students with an opportunity to practice identifiable, practical legal skills, including but not limited to civics education.

The Program should exhibit one or more of the following:

  • Has provided students with a hands on opportunity to understand the legal system(s);
  • Has educated the public/non-attorneys;
  • Significantly educated the profession in a positive, educational environment;
  • Promotes the efficient use of students’ resources;
  • Serves as example, though its record of exceptional advocacy, leadership and dedication, of excellence in the practice of law.

Nomination Process

To nominate a person or organization for this award, please attach a letter or other supporting documentation that includes the following information:

  1. Name of Nominator;
  2. Name of Nominee and which endeavor;
  3. Nominee’s contact information, including telephone and email address;
  4. Describe the program, identify the practical skill taught and state why you believe it is noteworthy;
  5. Contact information of the nominator. (Only ISBA members can nominate an individual or organization for this award).

Please contact Kim Furr if you have any questions.

Deadline for awards submission is March 4, 2024.

Nomination form