Stanford Law School National Public Service Award


Please submit nominations by July 1 of each calendar year.

Stanford Law School’s Levin Center for Public Service and Public Interest Law invites nominations for the Stanford Law School National Public Service Award.

The award honors an attorney who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to public service and social justice in their career. Nominees should be leaders in their fields who embody the tradition of public service that we seek to develop in all our students during their time at Stanford Law School.

The award will be presented at the Levin Center’s Annual Public Service Awards Dinner in the Fall.


The award is open to attorneys engaged in a broad spectrum of public interest or public service work, including litigation, education, or advocacy in the non-profit and government sectors. We welcome nominations of individuals with long, accomplished careers as well as of younger attorneys who have significantly advanced social justice in the past year.

Recent award recipients include Amanda Alexander, the founding Executive Director of the Detroit Justice Center; Yasmeen Hassan, Global Executive Director of Equality Now; Marielena Hincapié, Executive Director of the National Immigration Law Center; Roberta Kaplan and Professor Pamela Karlan for their role as co-counsel representing Edith Windsor in United States v. Windsor; The Honorable Patricia M. Wald, for her lifetime of public service; Vernon E. Jordan, Jr. for his lifetime of public service; Bryan Stevenson, Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative; Debo P. Adegbile, the Director of Litigation at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.; and Shannon Price Minter, the Legal Director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights.

Nominations Process

To nominate an individual, please submit a cover letter offering a detailed explanation about why the nominee deserves the award. Nominations may also include supplementary supporting documents, not to exceed 10 pages total.

To facilitate the review process, we strongly encourage electronic submissions. Submissions should be sent to Levin Center staff by 12 noon PST on the deadline date.

If you are unable to send your nomination(s) via e-mail, please mail to: Levin Center for Public Service and Public Interest Law, Awards Review Committee, Stanford Law School, 559 Nathan Abbott Way, Stanford, CA 94305-8610. Mailed submissions must be postmarked by the deadline date. Supplemental materials that accompany e-mailed submissions but that are difficult to e-mail themselves may be mailed even while the nomination itself is sent via e-mail. In that case, your e-mail must indicate clearly that supplemental materials are on the way, and those materials must arrive at the office within five (5) business days from the submission deadline.