Selection Process

Overview

Each year, the recipients are chosen by a selection committee prior to October 15.

Selection Committee

The selection committee will be comprised of between five to seven individuals from the categories listed below. A minimum of two committee members will represent northern Alberta. The selection committee for 2017 has been assembled by the AWL and TCN executive and includes:

  • A representative from The Counsel Network and The Association of Women Lawyers.
  • A member of judiciary.
  • A representative from the University of Alberta or University of Calgary’s Faculty of Law.
  • Two representatives from Canadian Bar Association – Alberta Branch (one from CBA North and one from CBA South, respectively).
  • A representative from the Women Lawyers Forum.

Selection Criteria

The nominees in each category will be evaluated on criteria including the following: vision and leadership; impact on other lawyers; mentoring other women lawyers; dedication; initiative; career accomplishments; and results achieved. In addition to the listed criteria, nominees in each category will be evaluated on criteria specific to that category. If a nominee is not selected in the nomination year, her nomination will be considered in the following year, unless she withdraws in writing.

The selection committee may choose not to make an award in every category in any given year.

Lifetime Achievement Award

The selection committee may, in its discretion, select a member of the legal profession with a connection to Alberta to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition and celebration of the significant accomplishments over the course of the recipient’s career.