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.
Alli Gerkman Legal Visionary Award
The Alli Gerkman Legal Visionary Award recognizes innovators who have made significant impacts early in their careers toward making the American legal system work better for everyone. The award is designed 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. Candidates should be early in their legal careers to be eligible, roughly the first 15 years.
IAALS solicits nominations for the award between October 1 and December 1 each year. The nomination window for the 2024 award is now open. More information about the award, selection process, and nomination guidelines is available here.