The Founder's Award was established in 1994 and was first awarded to
Laurel G. Bellows, the founder of the Alliance. It is given to women who
have demonstrated a sustained, active commitment to the advancement of
women throughout their careers.
The Alta May Hulett Award, named for the first woman lawyer in Illinois,
is presented to a woman who meets the criteria for the Founder's Award
but has been qualified to practice law for fifteen years or less.
Recipients of these awards are lawyers who:
- Utilize vision, leadership, and the support of others to contribute
to the advancement and empowerment of women in the legal profession or
in the community at large;
- Promote communication, collegiality, and support for positive change
among women within the legal profession; and
- Reflect the highest standards of professional ethics and
Nominees with a connection to the Chicago legal community are
preferred. Only women who have been qualified to practice law for
fifteen years or less are eligible for the Alta May Hulett Award.
Current and former members of the Alliance Executive Committee are not
eligible for consideration for either award until such time that they
have not been members of the Alliance Executive Committee for three
consecutive bar years.
To nominate a woman for the Founder's Award or the Alta May Hulett
Award, please electronically send a nomination packet including (1) a
narrative specifically describing how the nominee fulfills each of the
three criteria set forth above; (2) an up-to-date resume, and (3) no
more than three letters of recommendation to the Alliance Awards
Selection Committee, c/o Samantha Lerner by
March 20, 2018. If you have nominated a
candidate in the past two years, you may re-nominate them by submitting
a one-page update or by notifying the selection committee that you would
like to stand on your prior submission.
The winner will be announced in late March and honored in May