International Bar Association’s Annual Outstanding Young Lawyer Award: Apply by June 9

Each year, the IBA’s Young Lawyers’ Committee present an award to a young lawyer who has shown not only excellence in their work and achievements in their career to date, but also a commitment to professional and ethical standards as well as a commitment to the larger community.

The award created in partnership with the IBA and LexisNexis is in recognition of William Reece Smith Jr. A former IBA President, William Reece Smith Jr, who passed away in 2013, distinguished himself as one the finest and most respected legal experts. In a career spanning more than 50 years, he demonstrated leadership in the legal profession as an accomplished lawyer, an extensively published legal scholar, and lecturer, a mentor, and an outstanding community servant.

In addition, Mr. Smith exemplified a commitment to advancing many charitable and civic causes, most notably in his support for legal services to the poor. LexisNexis is delighted to sponsor an award in his name to recognize a young lawyer who has demonstrated outstanding professionalism.

LexisNexis was honored to establish this award in collaboration with the IBA Young Lawyers’ Committee in 2019 and hopes the winner will accept the Award in person during the IBA’s Annual Conference. LexisNexis sponsorship provides a contribution to their attendance.

Important Information

All parts of this form must be completed and any missing details may render the application invalid.

  • All valid applications completed by MIDNIGHT (GMT) SUNDAY 9 JUNE will be submitted to a judging panel who must be satisfied that the nominee is eligible for the award.
  • The terms and conditions of the award can be found here.
  • Instructions for completing applications can be found here.
  • When completing this application you will be asked to upload a letter of recommendation and full contact details of the nominator. The letter should be on the letterhead of the nominator’s firm/institution; if not available please attach a business card.
  • Please note the data submitted on SurveyMonkey is stored in the United States but complies with UK data protection regulations.
Terms & Conditions
  • Nominees will be considered on the following criteria:
    1. professional excellence
    2. a reputation for, or advancement of, legal ethics and professional responsibility;
    3. service to the community – local and further afield; and
    4. other merits similar to the above or considered relevant by the candidate or his/her nominators, such as an innovative approach to their legal practice, including, but not restricted to, pro bono work.
  • There is no charge for the nomination. It is open to all lawyers up to and including the age of 35, whether or not they are members of the IBA.
  • There is no charge for the nomination. It is open to all lawyers up to and including the age of 35, whether or not they are members of the IBA.
  • The nomination form must be completed by both the person/organization submitting the nomination and the nominee, who must complete the personal details section of the form.
  • Employees of the IBA, Officers of any IBA entity and relatives of the above are excluded from the competition.
  • Nominations must be submitted and received by MIDNIGHT (GMT) SUNDAY 9 JUNE 2019. Nominations received after this time will not be considered.
  • The IBA London office will communicate the judges’ decision to the winner by the week of 22 July.
  • The decision of the judging panel is final and no correspondence will be entered into. The decision will be published on the IBA website and in the next IBA Young Lawyers’ Committee newsletter following the award. The winner will be contacted at the email address they have provided. They will be required to provide a biographical note giving details of their legal career, studies and professional appointments.
  • The winner, as part of the award, will also receive the following:
    1. Free registration for the IBA 2019 Annual Conference, 22–27 September 2019, Seoul;
    2. a contribution of up to US$5,500 towards accommodation and travel costs to attend the conference;
    3. one years’ free membership of the IBA, PPID and Young Lawyers’ Committee
  • The IBA, the Young Lawyers’ Committee, LexisNexis and the judging panel are not responsible for the loss, damage or non-arrival of any nomination form, nor for any costs or expenses incurred in the preparation or the submission of any form.
  • Participants will be expected to have read and accepted all of the above terms and conditions.
  • By entering the award all nominators and nominees consent to all data they submit on this form being shared with the judging panel.
  • The personal data entered on this form will be processed and held in accordance with the IBA Privacy Policy given here.
  • The IBA reserves the right to amend and update these terms and conditions at any time without notice.

Read the instructions carefully and fill up the application form by clicking here.


For more details please contact Erin Renouf at [email protected]

For official notification, visit here.

Annual IBA Young Lawyers Award


This post was first published on: 22 Mar 2019

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