2013 ABA PAUL G. HEARNE AWARD NOMINATION FORM
ABOUT THE AWARD
The Hearne Award, created in 1999 by the American Bar Association Commission on Disability Rights, honors the work of Paul G. Hearne, a lawyer who was born with a connective tissue disorder. Although Mr. Hearne's disease limited his growth to less than four feet and restricted his movement, his mark on the disability rights movement, especially from a legal perspective, was tremendous. He founded the first legal services office in New York for people with disabilities, authored the first national legal handbook on disability rights, and helped draft the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. The award is presented to an individual who has performed exemplary service in the furtherance of access to justice for people with disabilities, or to an organization or group that furthers the goal of full participation for people with disabilities in society.
Nominate an individual or an organization/group that performed exemplary service in the furtherance of access to justice for people with disabilities or furthers the goal of full participation for people with disabilities in society. Examples of eligible organizations or groups include: (1) disability advocacy organizations; (2) a law firm or law practice; (3) a state or local bar association; (4) a nonprofit legal services program; (5) a law school clinic or academic-affiliated program; or (6) a law-related program providing representation for people with disabilities.
The following individuals and organizations/groups are ineligible:
- no nominations by current Commission members or liaisons
- a current member or liaison of the Commission or his or her immediate family members; or
- an individual that works at the same organization, company, or entity as a current Commission members or liaisons, or an organization, company, or entity where current Commission members or liaisons works.
Your application will not be considered until the Commission on Disability Rights has received the complete application that includes: the nomination form; your nominee's resume (no more than two pages inserted below); and a list of your nominee's accomplishments (no more than five pages inserted below); and letters of recommendation(s). All documents must be received or postmarked by March 29, 2013. For questions, please contact Michael J. Stratton at 202-662-1571 (phone) or firstname.lastname@example.org (e-mail).
For more details about the Hearne Award, please visit: http://www.americanbar.org/disabilityrights