The lawyers’ award season

"The Artist" took home the Oscar for Best Picture last Sunday during the 2012 Academy Awards. Adele won the Grammy for Record of the Year (among a score of other wins) last month for her album, "21." And, right now, we are in the midst of awards season for attorneys. Each year, a host of awards are provided by different organizations in Maryland, including the Maryland Bar Foundation, Pro Bono Resource Center, The Daily Record and the American Bar Association. These awards include honors for young lawyers. For those of you whose practice reached beyond billable hours to focus on the betterment of the community through pro bono work, public service or professionalism, then recognition is deserved. And while you may not focus on trying to win an award when you are helping a pro bono client deal with legal issues or spending Saturday afternoons serving food at a soup kitchen, young lawyers that are "do-gooders" should be recognized. So, if you are one of these people or know someone that fits the bill, there is an application waiting to be filled out. The list below, while not exhaustive, is a starting point for awards.  Consider nominating someone that has made a different and helped out profession.  They deserve it. -- The Maryland Bar Foundation's Edward F. Shea, Jr. Professionalism Award is given to a young lawyer who demonstrates pride, dedication  and adherence to the highest standards of integrity, civility, and compassion.

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