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Annual IBA Outstanding Young Lawyer Award

Supported by LexisNexis

The IBA Young Lawyers' Committee annually presents an award to a young lawyer who has shown not only excellence in their work and achievements in their career to date, but also a commitment to professional and ethical standards as well as a commitment to the larger community. The award is free to enter and it is open to all lawyers, whether or not they are members of the IBA.

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Each year, the IBA Young Lawyers’ Committee present an award to a young lawyer who has shown not only excellence in their work and achievements in their career to date, but also a commitment to professional and ethical standards as well as a commitment to the larger community.

The IBA Young Lawyers’ Committee’s goal is to identify, discuss and promote issues relevant to young lawyers. Its purpose is to provide a point of first contact for young lawyers to the IBA so that they can learn about the other IBA divisions and become further involved in the Association.

The award created in partnership with the IBA and LexisNexis is in recognition of William Reece Smith Jr. A former IBA President, William Reece Smith Jr, who passed away in 2013, distinguished himself as one the finest and most respected legal experts. In a career spanning more than 50 years, he demonstrated leadership in the legal profession as an accomplished lawyer, an extensively published legal scholar and lecturer, a mentor and an outstanding community servant. In addition, Mr Smith exemplified a commitment to advancing many charitable and civic causes, most notably in his support for legal services to the poor. LexisNexis is delighted to sponsor an award in his name to recognise a young lawyer who has demonstrated outstanding professionalism.

The 2022 IBA Outstanding Young Lawyer Award is now closed for applications

2021 Winner


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The IBA Outstanding Young Lawyer Award was presented at the IBA Global Showcase week during the SPPI Awards Ceremony on Thursday 28 October. The award, in recognition of William Reece Smith Jr, distinguishes a young lawyer who has not only shown excellence in their work and achievements in their career to date, but has also demonstrated a remarkable commitment to professional and ethical standards. Picture is 2021 winner Michael Polak , Barrister at London’s Church Court Chambers and Director of Justice Abroad, for his commitment to defending human rights across the globe through his professional practice and personal endeavours. Described by his nominator as ‘relentless in the pursuit of justice’.

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Previous Winners


Congratulations to Daye Gang, winner of the 2020 Annual IBA Outstanding Young Lawyer Award!

Congratulations to Elif Goksen, winner of the 2019 Annual IBA Outstanding Young Lawyer Award!

Congratulations to Niusha Ghasemi, winner of the 2018 Annual IBA Outstanding Young Lawyer Award!

Congratulations to Remy Choo, winner of the 2016 Annual IBA Outstanding Young Lawyer Award!

Congratulations to Federica D'Alessandra, winner of the 2015 Annual IBA Outstanding Young Lawyer Award!

Congratulations to Maria Belen Espineira, winner of the 2014 Annual IBA Outstanding Young Lawyer Award!

  • Congratulations to Alberto Mata, winner of the 2013 Annual IBA Outstanding Young Lawyer Award!