2021 Board of Governor Awards


  • Distinguished Service Award – Deborah O’Regan
  • Professionalism Award – Susan Pollard
  • Robert K. Hickerson Public Service Award – Nikole Nelson
  • Layperson Service Award – Bill Gordon
  • Honorary Bar Member – Dean Erwin Chemerinsky
  • Judge Nora Guinn Award – Cheryl McKay

View a historical list of Board of Governors Awards

2021 Bryan P. Timbers Pro Bono Awards


  • Private practitioner – Scott Sterling
  • Firm – Davis Wright Tremaine
  • Public sector – David Jones

View a historical list of Pro Bono Award recipients

Court Community Outreach Award


View a historical list of the Court Community Outreach Awards.

Additional 2021 Awards


  • Alaska Bar Foundation Jay Rabinowitz Public Service Award – Magistrate Judge Kimberley Sweet 
  • Anchorage Bar Association Ben Walters’ Award – Jon Katchen and Kathryn Brautigam

Distinguished Service Award

  • Honors an attorney for outstanding service to the membership of the Alaska Bar Association.

Judge Nora Guinn Award

  • Presented to a person who has made an extraordinary or sustained effort to assist Alaska’s rural residents, especially its Native population, overcome language and cultural barriers to obtaining justice through the legal system.

Layperson Service Award

  • Honors a public member for distinguished service to the membership of the Alaska Bar Association.

Pro Bono Awards

  • Alaska’s legal services providers – Alaska Pro Bono Program, Alaska Legal Services Corporation, Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault and the Pro Bono Asylum Project – select each year a private practitioner and a firm that has donated extraordinary time, resources and talents to pro bono efforts in Alaska.

Professionalism Award

  • Recognizes an attorney who exemplifies the attributes of the true professional, whose conduct is always consistent with the highest standards of practice, and who displays appropriate courtesy and respect for clients and other attorneys. The Professionalism award has traditionally been presented to an attorney in the judicial district where the convention is being held.

Rabinowitz Public Service Award

  • Given each year by the Board of Trustees of the Alaska Bar Foundation to the individual whose life work has demonstrated a commitment to public service in the State of Alaska. The Award is funded through generous gifts from the public in honor of the late Alaska Supreme Court Justice Jay Rabinowitz.

Robert K. Hickerson Public Service Award

  • Recognizes lifetime achievement for outstanding dedication and service in the State of Alaska in the provision of pro bono legal services or legal services to low income or indigent persons.

International Law Section Human Rights Award

  • Recognizes an Alaska Bar member who has helped advance the field of human rights in international law, either locally or abroad.