Nominations for lawyers who have been practicing for 10 years or less will be accepted. In addition to being nominated by others, candidates can nominate themselves. Criteria for the recipient of the award will include a commitment to:
- furthering excellence in family law, to the highest level of professionalism in the service of their clients;
- skillful advocacy;
- the importance of giving back to the profession through teaching and/or mentoring;
- giving back to the community whether through pro bono work or otherwise;
- and a proven commitment to family law practice and a demonstrated desire to excel as an advocate.
The recipient must be a lawyer in good standing with a Canadian Law Society. Membership in The Advocates’ Society is not required.