The Nonprofit Organizations Committee of the Business Law Section (BLS) of the American Bar Association is proud to announce the 2012 recipients of the Outstanding Nonprofit Lawyer Awards. There are five recipients.
The Vanguard Award for Lifetime Achievement and Commitment to Nonprofit Law was awarded to Victoria Bjorklund of Simpson Thatcher &
Bartlett LLP in New York, and Thomas Silk of Silk Nonprofit Law, San Francisco.
- Bjorklund has made substantial contributions to the law of nonprofit organizations through her representation and pro bono work with nonprofit organizations, as well as through her advocacy on behalf of nonprofits.
- Silk has been a pioneer in the practice of nonprofit law and has been at the forefront of nonprofit legal practice for nearly 50 years.
- Professor Mark Sidel received the Outstanding Academic Award for distinguished academic achievement in the nonprofit sector. Sidel is Doyle-Bascom Professor of Law and Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin Law School in Madison and a scholar of civil society and philanthropy with a focus on the United States and on Asia.
- The Outstanding In-House Counsel Award was given to Stephanie Tsacoumis, who served from 2009-2012 as General Counsel to Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., and is a visiting professor at Georgetown Law Center.
- Emily Chan of the NEO Law Group in San Francisco received the Outstanding Young Nonprofit Lawyer Award for distinguished service by a young attorney in the nonprofit sector. Chan has published and presented extensively on nonprofit issues, including at the Nonprofit Law Blog, where she is the principal contributor.
The Nonprofit Committee's Outstanding Nonprofit Lawyer Awards have been given annually since 1999. Further information on the recipients of the Outstanding Nonprofit Lawyers Awards is available on the subcommittee's website: http://apps.americanbar.org/dch/committee.cfm?com=CL580007