Wichita Bar Association Annual Awards
The Wichita Bar Association awards were established to recognize and honor members for their professionalism and service to the WBA. The awards will be presented at the Law Day/Awards luncheon scheduled for Tuesday, May 9, 2017. The luncheon will be held at Botanica in their Lotus Garden meeting room.
Click here to download a WBA Awards 2017 Nomination Form. Submit the Nomination Form by Friday, February 24, 2017.
Lifetime Achievement Award:
Given to a member whose sustained superior performance recognizably sets that member apart from his or her peers.
Recipient should be one whose accomplishments have brought credit and recognition to the profession.
Recipient must have demonstrated exemplary ethical standards and high personal values.
May be given to only a lawyer or a judge.
An annual award is not mandatory.
Prior recipients are not eligible.
View Lifetime Award recipients
Howard C. Kline Distinguished Service Award:
Given to a member who through the years of his or her practice has exemplified integrity, professionalism, and service to the Bar.
Recipient should be one whose qualifications and accomplishments are undeniably exemplary and whose services are widely acclaimed as having made significant contributions to the honor and practice of the law.
The award recognizes long standing service rather than the accomplishment of a single task.
The award may be given to only a lawyer or a judge.
Only one recipient per year, but an annual award is not mandatory.
Prior recipients are not eligible.
View Howard C. Kline Distinguished Service Award recipients
Given for outstanding service to the Wichita Bar Association in the current year or within the past few years. The award recognizes the successful accomplishment of a law-related project or service where the recipient's work substantially exceeds that which is normally expected.
Recipient should demonstrate high ethical standards and hold the respect of his/her peers.
Recipients may be a lawyer, law firm, judge, or group of lawyers.
Up to four awards may be given annually.
Recipients are eligible to receive the award more than once.
View President's Award recipients
Individuals for the above awards must be current members of the Wichita Bar Association, although awards may be given posthumously.
Chester I. Lewis Diversity Achievement Award:
Recognizes an individual, law firm, corporation, governmental agency, or organization which has significantly advanced diversity by adherence to the principles set forth in the Wichita Bar Association Managing Partners' Diversity Initiative and Action Plan. Recipients of the award must have met one or more of the following criteria:
Involvement in the recruitment, retention, and promotion of diverse attorneys.
Cultivation and promotion of diversity initiatives, polices and strategic plans that establish and foster a more inclusive and equitable work environment.
Involvement of diverse members in the planning and setting of policies to achieve diversity.
Commitment to mentoring and developing diverse attorneys.
Contributed to the existence of overall diversity in the workplace.
Demonstrated leadership to confront and resolve inequities through strategic decision making, allocation of resources and establishment of priorities.
View Chester I. Lewis Diversity Achievement Award recipients
Jonalou Pinnell Distinguished Service Award:
For outstanding volunteer service to the Wichita Bar Association by a non-lawyer.
Recognizes long-standing service or the accomplishment of a single task or service in any given year.
Recipients may only be non-lawyers.
No more than one award per year, although the award may be presented to a group of two or more persons or to an organization.
Need not be awarded every year.
View Jonalou Pinnell Distinguished Service Award recipients