Professionalism Award

Sponsored by: Oakland County Bar Association

Established: 1997

Purpose: To recognize a member of the Oakland County Bar Association who is a model of civility and respect in the legal profession. The individual does not need to be a litigator and his/her area of practice is irrelevant.

Awarded: Annually at the OCBA Annual Meeting

Criteria: 

A lawyer in Oakland County who exemplifies civility and professionalism who:

  • Is a member of the Oakland County Bar Association;
  • Consistently demonstrates the highest standards of integrity, fairness, and excellence in the practice of law;
  • Conducts him/herself personally and professionally in conformity with high standards of ethics and respect for the legal profession;
  • Is respectful of opposing counsel, the court, witnesses, and parties;
  • Seeks to efficiently advance causes through means that are consistent with truth and honor;
  • Encourages efficient and fair resolution of disputes;
  • Is significantly involved with efforts to improve access to justice by all persons, regardless of race, creed, gender, or economic status.

How to Nominate: Letter of nomination inclusive of nominee’s activities

Selection Process: The OCBA executive board selects the award recipient(s) from the nominations submitted


Past Recipients:

1997
Hon. Denise Langford Morris
George Googasian

1998
Elias Escobedo
Alex McGarry

1999
Hon. David F. Breck
Lawrence G. Kaluzny

2000
Hon. Roy H. Christiansen
Julie I. Fershtman
Sheldon G. Larky

2001
Suzanne E. Dreifus
Thomas J. Ryan
Thomas G. Plunkett

2002
Asher N. Tilchin

2003
Hanley M. Gurwin
David L. Haron

2004
Henry S. Gornbein
Lawrence R. Ternan

2005
John H. Holmes

2006
Donald E. McGinnis Jr.
Hon. Nanci J. Grant

2007
William P. Hampton

2008
Hon. Fred M. Mester
Edward H. Pappas

2009
Cynthia E. Brazzil
Michael G. Nowakowski

2010
James J. Parks

2011
William D. Booth

2012
LaNita R. Haith
Michael J. McCarthy

2013
Lawrence T. Garcia

2014
No award given

2015
Joel H. Serlin