CALL FOR NOMINATIONS
LGA Awards and Recognition Committee

The LGA Awards and Recognition Committee is now soliciting nominations for the following awards and recognitions to be presented at the LGA Spring 2020 Conference on April 24 at the Hotel Madison in Harrisonburg. For each of the awards, please send your nomination(s) to LGA Awards and Recognition Chair Clarke Whitefield ([email protected]). Please state the reasons you believe the nominee should receive the award, along with any other pertinent information. All nominations must be received by Tuesday, February 18, 2020. For more information about the awards, please visit awards page on LGA's website.

A. Robert Cherin Award

The A. Robert Cherin Award for an Outstanding Deputy or Assistant Local Government Attorney was created specifically to recognize the important contributions that staff attorneys make to the Commonwealth.

Past recipients of the award are Michael S.J. Chernau (2019), George A. McAndrews (2018), Ara L. Tramblian (2017), Bernadette S. Peele (2016), G. Gregory Kamptner (2015), J.T. Tokarz (2014), Stylian P. Parthemos (2013), Ellen F.M. Posner (2012), Eleanor A. Putnam Dunn (2011), Karen M. Adams (2010), Cynthia B. Hall (2009), William M. Macalli (2008), Beverly A. Burton (2007), Jan L. Proctor (2006), Rhysa G. South (2005), Leo P. Rogers (2004), Joyce M. Coleman (2003), Barbara M. Rose (2002), Michael H. Long (2000), William X. Parsons (1999), John E. Oliver (1998), Jeffrey L. Mincks (1997), Harold P. Juren (1995), and John L. Knight (1994). [Note: No award was given in 2001 or 1996.]

 The award recipient, if any, is chosen based on the following:

Eligibility: The nominee shall have served as a deputy or assistant city, county, or town attorney for at least 10 years. Service need not be continuous or with the same local government. Service need not be with the same local government, and consecutive service is not required. Sitting members of the board of directors are not eligible to be nominated for or receive the Cherin Award. A retiree is eligible to receive the Cherin Award within 12 months of retirement.

Criteria: The nominee shall have demonstrated distinguished service as a deputy or assistant city, county, or town attorney; the nominee's public service shall have enhanced the image of local government attorneys in the Commonwealth; and the nominee shall have demonstrated personal commitment to the highest ethical and professional principles.

Selection: To be considered for the award, an individual must be nominated by the city, county, or town attorney currently employing the nominee. The LGA Awards Committee will consider those nominations received and will recommend a nominee for consideration by the LGA Board of Directors. Nominations may include up to three letters of recommendation.

Pro Bono Award

The LGA created the David P. Bobzien Pro Bono Award in 2010 [named in honor of David Bobzien in 2019] to encourage and recognize the creative contribution by a member of the LGA to the provision of pro bono representational and nonrepresentational legal services. Attorneys employed by a current member of the LGA who have demonstrated one or more of the relevant criteria (Bobzien Pro Bono Award Criteria) in a manner of particular relevance and application for the practice of local government law are encouraged to submit their name, position(s), and dates of local government service. The LGA intends to rely solely on voluntarily submitted information for making these awards. Nominations may include up to three letters of recommendation.

Special Projects Award

The LGA recognizes, as appropriate, at its Fall and Spring Banquets, its members who have performed work on an LGA project or other project of significant importance to the LGA or to local government generally. The purpose of the award is to encourage greater service to the LGA and/or to local government. The award can be presented to either an individual LGA member or a group of members (e.g., an ad hoc committee). An eligible attorney or project will have made significant contributions based on the evidence of effectiveness and success of the project, including the scope, importance, and duration of benefits derived by the LGA or local government, and membership involvement. The level of difficulty in implementing and/or sustaining the project will also be a consideration. Examples of past types of such work include the Committee on Public Demonstrations, the Report of the LGA on Local Government Structure, the LGA Economic Development Incentives Project, and the LGA Ad Hoc Committee on Noise Ordinances. Nominations may include up to three letters of recommendation.

Retiree Recognition

Since 2005, the LGA has semiannually recognized its members who are retiring after 15 or more years of service to a county, city, or town. A retiree is eligible for this recognition if he or she either (1) has been employed full-time by a county, city, or town for at least 15 years, or (2) has served as chief legal counsel of a county, city, or town for at least 15 years. Those who qualify for this recognition should submit their name, position(s), and dates of local government service to the awards committee chair. The LGA intends to rely solely on voluntarily submitted information for making these recognitions.

In Memoriam Recognition

If you are aware of an LGA member who has died in the past year, please inform the awards committee chair of the name and other pertinent information such as date of death, jurisdiction in which the decedent most recently served, and a reference to an obituary.