Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year Award

IBA Outstanding Young Lawyer Award

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The IBA Young Lawyers’ Committee, in recognition of William Reece JR, annually 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.

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Each year, the IBA’s 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 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.

LexisNexis was honoured to establish this award in collaboration with the IBA Young Lawyers’ Committee in 2018 and hopes the winner will accept the Award in person during the IBA’s Annual Conference. LexisNexis sponsorship provides a contribution of $5,500 USD to their attendance.

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The nominations for this award are now closed. The winner of the award will be announced at the IBA Annual Conference in Rome, 07-12 October 2018, and any shortlisted candidates will be published below. The next opportunity to apply for the IBA Annual Outstanding Young Lawyer Award will be in 2019, please click here if you would like to be informed when the award will be open for nominations.

Previous Winners


Congratulations to Malene Alleyne, winner of the 2017 Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year Award!

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

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

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

Congratulations to Alberto Mata, winner of the 2013 Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year Award!