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Nominate Your Colleagues

A core part of our work at the Maryland Bar Foundation is to support and recognize the legal professionals and organizations making a difference in our communities.

Get involved by nominating a professional you know for any of these upcoming opportunities.


View details & online nomination form HERE.

Save the Date: Spring Open Meeting is scheduled for March 14, 2024 


J. Joseph Curran Jr. Professionalism Award
Nomination Deadline: February 9, 2024

The recipient of this award is either a government or public interest lawyer known for selflessly serving the public good and furthering the goals of better government and societal standards.

The Curran Award is named in honor of former Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr.

Legal Excellence Awards
Nomination Deadline: February 9, 2024

The Maryland Bar Foundation offers the Legal Excellence Awards to honor members of the legal community.

  • The Advancement of Professional Competence
  •  Steven P. Lemmey Legal Excellence Award for The Advancement of Public Service Responsibility
  •  The Advancement of Advocacy for Justice
  •  The Advancement of the Rights of the Disadvantaged
  •  The Advancement of Public Understanding of the Law


View details & online nomination form HERE.

Save the Date: Annual Meeting is scheduled for June 6, 2024


Edward F. Shea Award
Nomination Deadline: February 9, 2024

Baltimore attorney and past president of the MSBA Edward F. Shea, Jr., exemplified professionalism, civility, integrity, compassion, and commitment to public service. Since 1996, the Maryland Bar Foundation has honored his memory and impact on our profession by awarding the Shea Award to attorneys who embody the same ideals.

H. Vernon Eney Endowment Fund Award
Nomination Deadline: February 9, 2024

The award is presented by the Maryland Bar Foundation to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in working to improve government and the administration of justice. Nominees should exhibit the four principal characteristics of Mr. Eney, which distinguished his career: excellence in the law; bar leadership; community leadership; and enormous capacity for work.