YLS Awards

The YLS acknowledges the accomplishments of community and Sections leaders with the following awards. 

The Liberty Bell Award
The award is given each year during Law Week to a non-lawyer who has contributed to the administration of justice. To qualify, the nominee must: be a non-lawyer, have a sense of responsibility for community welfare and public duty, under the law, help others to understand and assert their rights under the law, promote and encourage respect for and obedience to the law, and assist the smooth functioning of our system of justice.

2022 nominations are now live! Please fill out the form below and send to yls@chicagobar.org by Friday, April 22nd:


Click here to access the nomination form.


 
The CBA's 2021 Liberty Bell Award was given to Brian Leverenz, founder of the New Trier Township Peer Jury Program. (pictured above with the award). 


David C. Hilliard Award

The Hilliard Award recognizes outstanding committee service and is presented to the chair(s) of a YLS Committee for exceptional performance in that role throughout the bar year. The award is presented at the YLS Annual Meeting.



Milton H. Gray Award
The Gray Award honors outstanding project leadership and is presented during the YLS Annual Meeting and is presented to the leader(s) of a YLS project for exceptional performance in that role throughout the bar year. The award is presented at the YLS Annual Meeting.



Rising Star Award
The Rising Star Award is awarded to a new YLS Executive Council member who has shown exceptional promise as an emerging leader within the YLS.