Section officers can start a Section award at any time. Make sure to create criteria for nominations and selection of the award before announcing it, and share the criteria and award description with AALS to be posted on your Section webpage.

The best way to announce Section award nominations and deadlines is through the Section discussion list. If you do not know your Section’s discussion list address, login to

Make sure to submit the names of Section award winners through the submission form, found on the Section officer resources page and sent to all Chairs and Chairs-Elect in August each year.

Order a plaque for your recipient, and designate a time and place at the AALS Annual Meeting to give out your award.

Each Section should order its own award to present at the annual meeting. AALS has suggestions for companies to order plaques from here.

Yes, award recipients may invite guests. If the award presentation is happening during a meal event, AALS recommends inviting no more than 6 guests. If the award is being presented during a Section meal event, guests will need to purchase meal tickets.

If the guests are not registered for the meeting and are not law faculty (i.e. family, friends, etc.), they may purchase meal tickets independent of conference registration by filling out this form and faxing them to (202) 872-1829.

View the Section Award Recipients