Awards

Illuminating Injustice Award

Public Justice, in partnership with Synergy Settlement Services’ Foundation for Those With Special Needs, is pleased to announce the new Illuminating Injustice Award. The award was designed to help those who have suffered a significant inury but received only a partial recovery by an injured party in the previous calendar year. The winner is awarded a $25,000 check and announced during our Annual Gala. We announce the winner of our Trial Lawyer of the Year Award at the same event.

The purpose of this award is to highlight just one of the many clients our supporters have represented who suffered a catastrophic injury and for certain legal reasons were unable to get the just compensation they deserved. With the generous $25,000 contribution from Synergy’s Foundation for Those With Special Needs, we hope to raise awareness of these types of unfortunate situations and help these injury victims with additional monetary relief. 

Trial Lawyer of The Year Award

Trial lawyers have a special commitment to justice. Their advocacy skills breathe life into the rights of individuals and groups that have suffered injustice and harmful abuses.

Every year, trial lawyers provide millions of people with the means to obtain justice. In the majority of these cases, the client is an individual who has been damaged in some way - physically, mentally, emotionally, monetarily - by the wrongful conduct of a business or corporation.

These David-and-Goliath battles for legal justice usually pit the enormous financial resources of the bureaucratic or business defendant against the meager resources of the injured plaintiff. Ironically, plaintiffs’ attorneys are not generally paid unless they win.

However, many trial lawyers take great risk and overcome incredible odds to advance the common law, to make new law, and to win justice for their clients and for the common good of the public.

Read our nominations guidelines for the Trial Lawyer of the Year Award.

Download the nominee information form.

View videos of the 2014 finalists.

Read about previous winners of the Trial Lawyer of the Year Award.

Hogan/Smoger Access to Justice Law Essay Contest

For 40 years, this competition was known as the ROSCOE HOGAN ENVIRONMENTAL LAW ESSAY CONTEST, providing law students the opportunity to investigate and offer solutions to the multitude of injustices inflicted on the environment. The contest was established in 1970 by the late Roscoe B. Hogan of Birmingham, Alabama, a prominent environmental lawyer. With additional support from noted attorney Gerson Smoger, the contest was renamed and expanded beginning with the 2011 competition. The author of the winning essay will win $5,000 and a one-year membership to Public Justice.

Click here to read the contest rules and guidelines.