TCYLA Awards Nominations

We invite you to help honor members of our legal community. The Tarrant County Young Lawyers Association (TCYLA) annually presents three prestigious awards:

  • The Outstanding Young Lawyer Award – recognizes one young lawyer who has demonstrated professional proficiency, service to the profession, and service to the community.
  • The Outstanding Mentor Award – recognizes one attorney who has consistently demonstrated a commitment to mentoring young lawyers in his or her legal community.
  • The Liberty Bell Award – recognizes one outstanding non-lawyer in Tarrant County who has made the most selfless contribution to his or her community to strengthen the effectiveness of the American system of Justice by instilling better understanding and appreciation of the law.

We need your help in picking this year’s Outstanding Young Lawyer, Outstanding Mentor, and the recipient for the Liberty Bell Award. Please see the requirements below:

  • Outstanding Young Lawyer – The Outstanding Young Lawyer Award is awarded to a young lawyer in Tarrant County who is 36 years of age or younger as of June 1, 2018 or initially licensed within 60 months prior to June 1, 2018.  Nominees must be licensed to practice law in Texas and be members in good standing of the State Bar and the TCYLA. They must practice or reside in Tarrant County.  The nominee cannot have been a past recipient of the Outstanding Young Lawyer Award, and they cannot be a current member of the Tarrant County Young Lawyer’s Association Board of Directors.  The Awards Committee will consider all outstanding qualities of a nominee, including professional proficiency, service to the profession, and service to the community. The recipient of the Outstanding Young Lawyer Award will be submitted to the Texas Young Lawyers Association for consideration for the Outstanding Young Lawyer of Texas Award.  Current officers and directors of the Texas Young Lawyers Association and members of the TYLA Outstanding Young Lawyer of Texas Award Committee are not eligible for consideration.  The Outstanding Young Lawyer Award will be presented at the Tarrant County Bar Association Law Day Dinner.
  • Outstanding Mentor – The criteria for the Outstanding Mentor Award is an attorney in good standing with the State Bar who has served as a role model to young lawyers, fosters the development of young lawyers, and significantly contributes to the profession and/or the community.  The attorney must practice or reside in Tarrant County.  The nominee cannot have been a past recipient of the Outstanding Mentor Award, and they cannot be a current member of the Tarrant County Young Lawyer’s Association Board of Directors.  The Outstanding Mentor Award will be presented at the Tarrant County Bar Association Law Day Dinner.
  • Liberty Bell Award – This award is specifically to recognize an outstanding non-lawyer in Tarrant County who has made the most selfless contribution to the community to strengthen the effectiveness of the American system of justice by instilling a better understanding and appreciation of the law.  The Award recognizes community service that promotes a better understanding of government, encourages greater respect for the law and courts, stimulates a deeper sense of individual responsibility, contributes to the effective functioning of our institutions of government, and instills better understanding and appreciation of law.  The nominee must work or reside in Tarrant County.

The deadline for nominations is Monday, February 25th. There is no formal nomination form, but competitive nominations should include the nominee’s name, place of employment, and a statement of support that explains how the nominee is deserving of the honor.  Your nomination(s) should be emailed to Rob Henry.  Thanks for taking the time to think of deserving candidates and submit a nomination!

~ TCYLA Awards Committee