About our Awards

**The 2017 Award Nomination period is closed. Winners are announced at the annual San Antonio Bar Foundation Gala Benefit & Awards the second Saturday of September.**

2017 Winners Press Release, online HERE

San Antonio Bar Awards

Joe Frazier Brown, Sr. Award of Excellence – recognizes an attorney who exemplifies all that is good about the legal profession. He or she should demonstrate the highest level of professionalism, exceptional skills as a counselor and advocate and such personal attributes as honor, integrity, service and intelligence. He or she should be a model of the Texas Lawyer’s Creed and an inspiration for others in serving clients and fulfilling their responsibility to the legal system.

This award was created in honor of Joe Frazier Brown, Sr., who had a distinguished career and also mentored and influenced many attorneys. He was the 150th District Court Judge from 1957 until 1963 and 1964-65 President of the San Antonio Bar Association. Judge Brown passed away in 1993.

San Antonio Bar Foundation Awards

Peacemaker Award – recognizes an individual or entity  who has promoted non-violent resolutions to community conflicts. Established in 1995.

Corporate Community Service Award – recognizes a business entity or member of the business community for fostering and performing community service. Established in 1995.

Carolyn Thurmond Community Service Award – recognizes a lawyer who has demonstrated outstanding service to our community. Established in 1995.

San Antonio Young Lawyers Association Awards

Outstanding Young Lawyer of Texas Award – recognizes one young lawyer who has demonstrated professional proficiency, service to the profession, and service to the community.

Liberty Bell Award – recognizes one outstanding non-lawyer in Texas who has made the most selfless contribution to his or her community to strengthen the effectiveness of the American system of Justice by instilling better understanding and appreciation of the law.

Outstanding Mentor Award – recognizes one attorney who has consistently demonstrated a commitment to mentoring young lawyers in his or her legal community.

Useful Links:

  • Mailable Peacemakers Award Packet PDF, HERE
  • Mailable Joe Frazier Brown, Sr. And SAYLA Award Form, HERE
  • Peacemaker / Joe Frazier Brown, Sr. Awards History, HERE
  • SAYLA’s Award History, HERE