Nominations for the 24th Annual Justice Robert Benham Awards for Community Service

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Thank You




For the


23rd Annual Justice Robert Benham Awards for Community Service

For information about the 23rd Annual Justice Robert Benham Awards for Community Service, click here.



The Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism


will accept





Friday, September 15, 2023  –  Friday, November  10, 2023

The awards will be presented at a special ceremony to be held on

Wednesday, April 17, 2024


5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

at the

Nathan Deal Judicial Center

in partnership with the

Georgia Legal History Foundation

A PDF Sample of a Paper Nomination Form containing the Award Criteria and Eligibility requirements is available by clicking here.  Click on the form below to access the electronic application. All nominations must be submitted electronically via the electronic nomination form below.

Click here to complete the NOMINATION APPLICATION.

Judges and lawyers meet the criteria for these awards if they have combined a professional career with outstanding service and dedication to their communities through voluntary participation in community organizations, government-sponsored activities, or humanitarian work outside of their professional practice or judicial career.  Contributions may be made in any field, including but not limited to: social service, education, faith-based efforts, sports, youth and mentoring, recreation, the arts, or politics.


The Selection Committee generally believes that community or public service is not service to the bar; however, community service can be done through bar-sponsored or related activities or projects. Judges’ service must not be merely doing their judicial tasks, but must be service outside of their official duties. Normally, the award is not given to persons who have served a single cause or single-purpose organization, but to those who have made wide contributions to a variety of causes outside of their professional practice or judicial service.


Eligibility: Nominees must:

  1.   Be a member of the State Bar of Georgia, in good standing, or have been a member, in good standing,  at the time of death;
  2.   Have a record of outstanding community service and continuous service over a period of time to one or more causes, organizations or activities;
  3.   Not be a member of the Selection Committee, staff of the State Bar of Georgia or Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism; and
  4.   Not be in a judicial or political race for 2023 and 2024.

Information required for the Nomination application – such as Letters of Support – will not be accepted by e-mail, fax, or U.S. mail.  All information required in the nomination application must be submitted via the online nomination form.

WARNING: This form does NOT allow you to save your work and start again.  Therefore, please have all information required for the Nomination Application before beginning the submission.

The Nominee (Proposed Award Recipient) must be a lawyer or a judge; however,

ANYONE (including non-lawyers) may submit nominations.

If you have any questions, please e-mail or call (404) 225-5040.