Nominations for 2017 Kutak-Dodds Prizes Now Open

  • 2/15/2017
  • National Legal Aid & Defender Association
  • Source: Pennsylvania

National Legal Aid & Defender Association logoThe National Legal Aid and Defender Association (NLADA), in partnership with the Robert J. Kutak Foundation, has opened the nominations for the 2017 Kutak-Dodds Prizes. The deadline to submit a nomination is Thursday, April 6, 2017.

Since 1989, the prizes have been awarded to attorneys who have significantly contributed to the human dignity and quality of life of individuals unable to afford legal representation. This annual award honors two longstanding advocates for equal justice, one from the civil legal aid community and another from the public defense community. Each prize carries a cash award of $10,000.

To qualify, the nominee must be an attorney employed by or affiliated with an organization serving persons who cannot afford to pay for legal representation. The nominee also may be an attorney working for a public interest, nonprofit organization. Nominees must have at least ten (10) years of practice in legal services or public interest work and must be currently involved in legal advocacy and /or active representation of clients on a daily basis.

The Kutak-Dodds Prizes are jointly sponsored by the Robert J. Kutak Foundation and NLADA and bestowed in memory of Robert J. Kutak and Kenneth R. Dodds. Both men were former partners in the Omaha, Nebraska, office of Kutak Rock LLP and advocates of public service, legal education, and high ethical standards throughout their lives. In addition to legal services for the poor, the Kutak Foundation supports education in professional ethics, minority scholarships, and a variety of other public interest projects. The foundation is maintained by Mr. Kutak‚Äôs former friends and associates.

For more information on the Kutak-Dodds Prizes, please contact Helen Katz, Chief Development Officer, at 202-452-0620, ext. 223 or via email at

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