Awards and Recognitions from the State Bar

2019 Nominations

Nominations are currently open for the State Bar of Nevada’s 2019 membership awards. The deadline for nominations is Thursday, March 7. Nominations may be submitted online via the links below; direct questions to Gale Skala at gales@nvbar.org.

Awards are currently being accepted in the following categories:

  • The Volunteer of the Year Award will be presented to a member for outstanding volunteer service to the State Bar of Nevada. The selection committee will give primary consideration to nominees who have served or continue to serve on state bar committees or sections and have demonstrated a commitment to the advancement of the profession and to the protection of the public.
  • The Young Lawyer of the Year Award will be presented to a young lawyer or lawyers whose professional and public service achievements merit special recognition. Although all commitments to civic participation and community service achievements that advance the state of the profession are considered, special consideration is given to contributions to the State Bar of Nevada and its Young Lawyers Section. Recipients will ordinarily be Nevada lawyers who are either under the age of 36 or who have been engaged in the practice of law from less than five years.
  • The Medal of Justice Award is awarded to a person, group or entity that supports Nevada’s legal community. Recipients are those who inspire by example and who demonstrate commitment to the advancement of the profession and to the protection of the public.

Past Recipients

Presidential Award

This award is presented to a State Bar of Nevada member practicing 20 years or more whose conduct, honesty and integrity represents the highest standards of the legal profession. Award recipients are those who inspire by example, advance the administration of justice and bring honor and integrity to the profession.

Past Recipients

  • 2011: Margo Piscevich
  • 2012: Dara Goldsmith
  • 2013: Robert Crowell
  • 2014: John O’Brien, R. Gardner Jolley, William Curran
  • 2015: Peter Chase Neumann
  • 2016: Judge Procter Hug, Jr.
  • 2017: Donald J. Campbell
  • 2018: William Peterson

Volunteer of the Year Award

This award is presented to a member for outstanding volunteer service to the State Bar of Nevada. The selection committee gives primary consideration to nominees who have served or continue to serve on state bar committees or sections and have demonstrated a commitment to the advancement of the profession and to the protection of the public.

Past Recipients

  • 2011: Jeff Rodefer
  • 2012: Bob Cerceo
  • 2013: Michael Buckley
  • 2014: Jeffrey Albregts,  J. Thomas Susich
  • 2015: Anajali Webster, Seth Floyd, Margaret Lambrose
  • 2016: Tracy A. DiFillippo
  • 2017: Brandi and Jasen Cassady
  • 2018: Mock Trial Steering Committee; Richard M. Trachok, II

Young Lawyer of the Year Award

This award is presented to a young lawyer or lawyers whose professional and public service achievements merit special recognition. Although all commitments to civic participation and community service achievements that advance the state of the profession are considered, special consideration is given to contributions to the State Bar of Nevada and its Young Lawyers Section. Recipients will ordinarily be Nevada lawyers who are either under the age of 36 or who have been engaged in the practice of law from less than five years.

Past Recipients

  • 2011: Paola Armeni
  • 2012: none presented
  • 2013: Scott Lachman
  • 2015: Matt Digesti, Layke Martin
  • 2016: none presented
  • 2017: Karl Riley
  • 2018: Jordan Davis

Medal of Justice

This award recognizes specific contributions of note and is not necessarily awarded each year.

Past Recipients

  • 2011: Coe Swobe and Ben Graham
  • 2012: Kathleen England, Prof. Rachel Anderson, Beau Sterling, Jennifer Smith, Doreen Spears Hartwell, Claytee White,  Geralda Miller, Richard Boulware, Prof. Joanne Goodwin, Prof. Jeanne Price
  • 2013: Hon. Peter Breen and Hon. Jack Lehman
  • 2014: Justice League of Nevada –  Trevor Atkin, Randy Boesch, Lorien Cole, David Dahan, Dara Goldsmith, Brigid Higgins, Caren Cafferate-Jenkins, Mary Korpi, John Krieger, Nicole Lamboley, Eleissa LaVelle, Sharon McNair
  • 2015: Nevada Bar Foundation – Connie Akridge, Richard Pocker,  Cynthia Alexander, Ann Bersi, James Bradshaw, Hon. Linda Gardner, Kirk Jacobson, Mark Knobel, Margaret Lambrose, Gene Leverty and Lori Teicher
  • 2016: Judge Michael Fondi, Judge Merlyn Hoyt and Justice Cliff Young
  • 2017: Nevada Legal Services, Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, Washoe Legal Services, Southern Nevada Senior Law Program, Volunteer Attorneys of Rural Nevada and Mitch Cobeaga
  • 2018: Woodburn and Wedge law firm