University of Denver

IAALS Awards

IAALS presents two awards annually: the Rebuilding Justice Award and the Alli Gerkman Legal Visionary Award.

Rebuilding Justice Award

The Rebuilding Justice Award recognizes individuals who exemplify the spirit of innovation and leadership that we champion as we work toward building a legal system that is accessible, fair, reliable, efficient, and accountable.

The first recipient of the award was U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor (Ret.) in 2007. Over the years, IAALS has given the award to chief justices of state supreme courts, legislators, federal district court judges, legal educators, philanthropists, and others. Until 2012, the honor was known as the Transparent Courthouse Award.

The award is presented annually in April at the Rebuilding Justice Award Dinner.

Click here for the list of recipients.

Alli Gerkman Legal Visionary Award

The Alli Gerkman Legal Visionary Award recognizes an innovator who has made significant impacts early in his or her career toward making the American legal system work better for everyone who needs it and everyone who is a part of it. The purpose is to encourage and showcase innovators, risk takers, visionaries, and emerging leaders who bring a different perspective and a reform-minded approach to the improvement of our legal system.

IAALS solicits nominations for the award between October 1 and December 1 each year. More information about the award, selection process, and nomination guidelines is available here.

The first Alli Gerkman Legal Visionary Award will be given in 2021.