Young Lawyers Pro Bono Award

The Young Lawyers Pro Bono Award recognizes outstanding pro bono legal services to the community by a young lawyer in Canada.


  • A lawyer under the age of 40, or who has practiced for 10 years or less; Canadian Bar Association membership a prerequisite. Articling students who are CBA members are also eligible.
  • There are no posthumous awards.

Nomination Procedure

The nominator must submit the following:

  • A letter of nomination from a CBA member including full details as to why the individual should receive the award.
  • A concise curriculum vitae of the nominee must be included.
  • Three letters of support from CBA members stating reasons for the candidate's nomination.
  • The full name, business & home address, telephone, fax and e-mail information of both the nominee and the three nominators shall be included with the nomination.
  • Confirmation in writing from the nominee that he/she agrees to have his/her name put forward for the Award.
  • Confirmation in writing from the nominee that he/she did not receive compensation or remuneration, either payment or in kind, for the pro bono work.
  • Completed nominations must be submitted online and include all above noted documents.

Deadline for Applications


Apply online

Selection Process

  • Selection made by a jury consisting of the President of the CBA, the Chair of the Young Lawyers - CBA, and a Past Chair of the Young Lawyers - CBA.
  • More than one award may be considered in any one year.
  • No award may be granted in any one year.


The winner shall receive a $500 cash prize. The winner will be announced in a news release and a tribute will be published in the Association magazine, National.

Recent Winners

Previous Winners