About the Advocates Dinner Awards

From the beginning of these Advocates Dinners in 2010 (before it was a fundraiser), the Board and Committee members wanted this event to be about saying “thank you” to the community who supports this program. There are so many, including everyone at the dinner, and the numbers of those who are not just willing, but proud to speak out for helping those in their community who are suffering keep growing every year. For those who have stood out in their support from the beginning, we owe a special thanks. This is how we have said our “thank you” to them.

Justice Robert L. Brown Community Support Award –1st presented in 2010

The JLAP-Community Support Award is presented to a person (or persons), whether within the legal community or connected to it, who has performed outstanding service to Arkansas’ communities through a commitment to building and sustaining a program of lawyers helping lawyers. This service has been performed out of a sense of duty, responsibility, and professionalism to improve lives and protect communities through supporting the health and well-being of judges, lawyers and their families.

Arkansas JLAP Distinguished Service Award—1st presented in 2013

The Arkansas JLAP Distinguished Service Award (originally named the Humanitarian Award) is given to the business or organization that exemplifies outstanding service and dedication to Arkansas JLAP. The recipient is determined by the Dinner Committee and honored at the Annual Advocate’s Dinner in the fall.

Nominees for the Humanitarian Award have demonstrated:

• Exceptional service to Arkansas JLAP

• An ongoing commitment to the health and well-being of members of the legal community

• A willingness to work with others to meet the needs of judges, lawyers, law students, and their family members who are seeking assistance

• Specific contributions to Arkansas JLAP and to the legal community in Arkansas