The American Inns of Court Circuit Professionalism Awards are
awarded each year, in participating federal circuits, to a lawyer
or judge whose life and practice display sterling character and
unquestioned integrity, coupled with ongoing dedication to the
highest standards of the legal profession and the rule of law.
Candidates for these awards are nominated through circuit-wide
open nominations and selected by a panel of representatives from
both the circuit and the American Inns of Court. Nominations
should be addressed to Hon. Deanell Reece Tacha and include
sufficient supporting documentation to enable the selection
committee to make a reasoned judgment.
The nominee does not need to be an active American Inn of Court
member. The nominee must, however, be alive at the time of
With the concurrence and participation of the chief judge
of the circuit, the award is presented at each circuit's judicial
according to the circuit.
The recipients are recognized at the American Inns of Court
annual Celebration of Excellence at
the Supreme Court of the United States.
The awards are underwritten in part by Thomson Reuters.