Awards


Awards

The IMLA Awards Committee is composed of members from both the Board of Directors and the general membership.  The charge to this Committee is to seek out potential recipients of these awards, to seek out potential nominators of those individuals, to encourage and assist potential nominators in submitting the documentation required to support a nomination, and to review nominations and recommend one or more nominees to the IMLA Board of Directors.  The Board of Directors will select the recipients of the Awards, and the Awards will be presented at the Annual IMLA Conference. Please see below for award descriptions, nomination procedures, and deadline information.

 

The Awards, described in detail below are:

  1. Charles S. Rhyne Lifetime Achievement Award
  2. James H. Epps III Award for Longevity of Service to a Community
  3. Marvin J. Glink Private Practice Local Government Attorney Award
  4. Daniel J. Curtin Young Public Lawyer Award
  5. Brown, Mulligan, Rocha Distinguished Public Service Award
  6. Bruce A. Noble Award for a Distinguished Canadian Municipal Lawyer
  7. William I. Thornton, Jr. IMLA Faculty Award
  8. Outstanding State League Counsel Award
  9. Brad D. Bailey Assistant City/County Attorney Award

Charles S. Rhyne Lifetime Achievement in Municipal Law Award

The Lifetime Achievement in Municipal Law Award is the highest award given by IMLA. The award is not intended to be bestowed in a regular basis, but rather is intended to be a recognition bestowed only occasionally and then only upon a truly uncommon individual. No active solicitation of nominees for the award will be made. Nevertheless, should an IMLA member wish to nominate an individual for receipt of the award, the procedure is provided below.

Lifetime Achievement in Municipal Law Award Information 


James H. Epps III Award for Longevity of Service to a Community Award

IMLA established this award to honor the memory of James H. Epps, III by recognizing local government attorneys who have distinguished themselves by years of service to the same community. Jim Epps served his hometown of Johnson City, Tennessee for over 40 years as its attorney. He also served IMLA in many capacities, including as its President. He was a consummate gentleman and was respected for his kindness as well as his legal skill. This award seeks to recognize those local government lawyers who have been able to persevere through changes in government over a period of at least 30 years. This award is a milestone award that recognizes the significant achievement of having the political and legal skills necessary to represent the same community for at least 30 years.

Criteria & Procedure for Epps Award

Nomination Form for Epps Award 


Marvin J. Glink Private Practice Local Government Attorney Award

This award is established to honor the memory of Marvin J. Glink by recognizing a private practice practitioner who exhibits those qualities that made Marvin one of the truly remarkable lawyers working in the private sector on behalf of public clients. Marvin Glink was a founding member of the law firm Ancel, Glink, Diamond, Bush, DiCianni & Krafthefer, P.C. in Chicago, Illinois. He practiced municipal law for more than 50 years, serving as the general counsel and special counsel to many municipalities and local governments in Illinois, including the Villages of Skokie, Maywood and Bridgeview, the City of Naperville, and school districts, fire protection districts, and other Illinois specialty governments. In addition to the traditional qualities of excellence in the practice of law, the award seeks to recognize a private law practitioner who has provided outstanding service to the public and who possesses an exemplary reputation in the legal community, the highest of ethical standards, and who revels in maintaining a life that balances a passion for professional excellence with the joy of family and friends. In addition, the award seeks to recognize a person who exhibits qualities of openness and humility, coupled with a sincere concern for the interests of others, including the professional development of newer practitioners. The award is authorized by Article VI, Section 6 of the IMLA Bylaws.

Intent to Nominate Form 

Nomination Form for Glink Award 

Criteria for Glink Award

Procedures for Glink Award


Daniel J. Curtin Young Public Lawyer Award

This award is established to honor the memory of Daniel J. Curtin, Jr. by recognizing a new practitioner who exhibits those qualities that made Dan one of the truly remarkable lawyers working on behalf of public clients. In addition to the traditional qualities of excellence in the practice of law, the award seeks to recognize a public law practitioner who has provided outstanding service to the public and who possesses an exemplary reputation in the legal community, the highest of ethical standards and who revels in maintaining a life that balances a passion for professional excellence and the joy of family and friends. In addition, the award seeks to recognize a person who exhibits qualities of openness and humility coupled with a sincere concern for the interests of others, including the professional development of newer practitioners. The award is authorized by Article VI, Section 6 of the IMLA Bylaws.

Intent to Nominate Form 

Nomination Form for Curtin Award

Criteria for Curtin Award

Procedures for Curtin Award


Brown, Mulligan, Rocha Distinguished Public Service Award

This award is established to honor a local government attorney for significant and surpassing achievements in the field of local government law occurring or culminating in the previous year.

In the past, this award was known as the Joseph I. Mulligan Distinguished Service Award. The additions of Benjamin Brown and Susan Rocha, however, both reflect IMLA’s rich and diverse history as well as its continued recognition and celebration of local government attorneys who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to further the practice of municipal law.

Like Mulligan, Benjamin Brown and Susan Rocha each brought honor to the practice of local government law and exemplified the traits the award seeks to recognize.

The award’s original namesake, Joseph Mulligan, was a former IMLA president and committed public servant, serving as the City of Boston’s Corporate Counsel and Licensing Commissioner.

Benjamin Brown served as Baltimore’s City Solicitor, as well as an Associate District Court Judge and a Deputy State Attorney for Baltimore City.

Susan Rocha began her legal career as an assistant city attorney for the City of San Antonio. She also created the Texas Attorney General’s first Office of Municipal Affairs and went on to become a partner with Denton, Navarro, Rocha & Bernal, where she served as the City Attorney for the Cities of Buda, Cibolo, Roma, and San Felipe, in addition to serving as general counsel for a variety of other public entities.

Intent to Nominate Form  

Nomination Form for Brown, Mulligan, Rocha Distinguished Public Service Award

Criteria for Public Service Award

Procedures for Public Service Award


Bruce A. Noble Distinguished Canadian Municipal Lawyer Award

The Bruce A. Noble award is named in honour of IMLA's first Canadian President, whose outstanding achievements on behalf of IMLA and many other legal associations are only matched by his passion for the practice of law and knowledge of municipal law practice.

Intent to Nominate Form  

Criteria for Noble Distinguished Canadian Municipal Lawyer Award


William I. Thornton, Jr. IMLA Faculty Award

IMLA established this award to honor the memory of William I. Thornton, Jr. by recognizing a person dedicated to IMLA and to the practice of local government law and who has participated as a member of the IMLA faculty in helping local government attorneys learn about or reaffirm their knowledge of issues important to their practice of local government law. In addition to the traditional qualities of excellence in the practice of law, the award seeks to recognize a practitioner who has provided outstanding service to the public and who possesses an exemplary reputation in the legal community, the highest of ethical standards and who is devoted to mentoring young lawyers and educating lawyers in local government law.

Intent to Nominate Form

Criteria for Thornton Faculty Award

Nomination Form for William I. Thornton, Jr. IMLA Faculty Award


Outstanding State League Counsel Award

IMLA established this award to honor those attorneys who serve as counsel to their state league of cities or association of counties, towns or other local government entities and who are recognized for their valued service to the members of their organizations and for their skills as attorneys. Like other IMLA awards, this award expects the recipient to exhibit the traditional qualities of excellence in the practice of law, but also seeks to recognize a practitioner who has provided outstanding service to local governments and who possesses an exemplary reputation in the legal community, the highest of ethical standards, exceptional legislative achievement, and who is devoted to improving local governments.

Intent to Nominate Form  

Criteria for Outstanding State League Counsel Award

Nomination Form for Outstanding State League Counsel Award


Brad D. Bailey Assistant City/County Attorney Award

This award is established to honor the memory of Brad D. Bailey, by recognizing an assistant local government attorney who exhibits those qualities that made Brad one of the truly remarkable lawyers working on behalf of public clients.  In addition to the traditional qualities of excellence in the practice of law, the award seeks to recognize a public law practitioner who has provided outstanding service to the public and who possesses an exemplary reputation in the legal community, the highest of ethical standards and who revels in maintaining a life that balances a passion for professional excellence and the joy of family and friends. The award is authorized by Article VI, Section 6 of the IMLA Bylaws.

Intent to Nominate Form  
Criteria AND Nomination Form for Brad D. Bailey Award


Past Award Recipients

The IMLA awards recognize local government lawyers of distinction both for excellence in their career, a specific matter, and for their tenure. IMLA also recognizes young or new lawyers and law offices. Congratulations to all IMLA Award winners!


Charles S. Rhyne Lifetime Achievement Award

The Lifetime Achivement in Municipal Law Award is the highest award given by IMLA. The award is not intended to be bestowed in a regular basis, but rather is intended to be a recogniztion bestowed only occasionally and then only upon a truly uncommon individual.

Charles S. Rhyne Lifetime Achievement Award

1991

John H. Larson
Los Angeles, California


1992

Daniel Curtin
McCutchen Doyle Brown & Enersen
Walnut Creek, California


1993

J. LaMar Shelley
Former General Counsel
League of Arizona Cities and Towns
Former City Attorney of Mesa, Arizona


1994

The Honorable Benjamin L. Brown
Former Executive Director NIMLO
Former City Solicitor
Baltimore, Maryland


1996

Roy D. Bates
Former City Attorney
Columbia, South Carolina


1997

Claude L. Mullis
Jacksonville, Florida

William I. Thornton, Jr.
Former City Attorney
Durham, North Carolina


2000

John E. Gotherman
General Counsel, Ohio Municipal League
Columbus, Ohio

William H. Steude
Former General Counsel
Michigan Municipal League
Ann Arbor, Michigan


2001

Robert J. Mangler
Former City Attorney
Wilmette, Illinois


2003

The Honorable William A. McCain
Village Attorney
Lincoln Heights, Ohio


2005

William F. Sueppel
General Counsel
Iowa League of Cities


2006

Henry W. Underhill, Jr.
Former Executive Director of IMLA
Former City Attorney
Charlotte, North Carolina

Marvin J. Glink
Ancel Glink Diamond Bush Dicianni and Rolek, P.C.
Former City Attorney
Naperville, Illinois


2007

James H. Epps, III
Former City Attorney
Johnson City, Tennessee


2008

Robert W. Ritchie
Massachusetts Office of the
Attorney General
Director, Municipal Law Unit
Springfield, Massachusetts


2009

Ralph G. Hildebrand
IMLA Canadian Department Chair
Corporate Counsel
Metro Vancouver, British Columbia


2010

Robert J. Watson
(Retired) City Attorney
Overland Park, Kansas


2011

DeWitt F. McCarley
Former City Attorney
Charlotte, North Carolina


2012

Marion J. Radson
City Attorney (Retired)
Gainesville, Florida


2013

James Lampke
Town Counsel
Hull, Massachusetts
 
Buck Delventhal
Deputy City Attorney Government Team
San Francisco, California


2014

Marc P. Hansen
County Attorney
Montgomery County, Maryland


2015

William Kearns
Willingboro, New Jersey

Lawton Langford
Chairman and CEO at Municode
Tallahassee, Florida

John Zimmermann
Park Ridge, Illinois


2016

Anna Kinastowski
City Solicitor
Toronto, Ontario, Canada


2017

Ben Griffith
Board Attorney
Oxford, Mississippi
 
Garry Hunter
General Counsel
Columbus, Ohio

Thomas Grundhoefer
General Counsel
St. Paul, Minnesota


2018

James Darling
Mayor
McAllen, Texas


 James H. Epps III Award for Longevity of Service to a Community Award

IMLA established this award to honor the memory of James H. Epps, III by recognizing local government attorneys who have distinguished themselves by years of service to the same community. Jim Epps served his hometown of Johnson City, Tennessee for over 40 years as its attorney. He also served IMLA in many capacities, including as its President. He was a consummate gentleman and was respected for his kindness as well as his legal skill. This award seeks to recognize those local government lawyers who have been able to persevere through changes in government over a period of at least 30 years and who have been active in the IMLA during all or a part of that career. This award is a milestone award that recognizes the significant achievement of having the political and legal skills necessary to represent the same community for at least 30 years.

James H. Epps III Award for Longevity of Service to a Community

2009

Ronald E. Sharp
City Attorney
Sevierville, Tennessee

Nicholas Tsamoutales
City Attorney Emeritus
Palm Bay, Florida


2010

Wayne Boyd
City Attorney
South Sioux City, Nebraska 

William Raysa
Village Attorney
Buffalo Grove, Illinois


2011

Raymond Heise
Village Attorney
Oak Park, Illinois


2012

Douglas S. Hudson

Andrew J. Whalen, III
IMLA President-Elect
Griffin, Georgia

John J. Zimmermann
Village Attorney
Mettawa, Illinois


2013

A. Thomas Levin
Village Attorney
Great Neck Estates, New York

Neil Robertson
Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

Paul Tolley

Anne Jarman
City Solicitor
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada


 2014

Barry Lindahl
Cororation Counsel
Dubuque, Iowa

Daniel C. Matson
City Attorney
DeWitt, Michigan

Donna Mouzayck
1st Deputy City Solicitor
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Grant F. Langley
City Attorney
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Howard Paperner
City Attorney
St. Louis, Missouri


2015

John Boyle
City Attorney
Irving, Texas

Tyrone Cooper
City Attorney
Beaumont, Texas

Jim Elliott
City Attorney
Warner Robins, Georgia

Steven Mahrt
Chicago, Illinois

David Savu
Ishpeming, MI


2016

Frederick Stavins
City Attorney
Champaign, Illinois

Gary Ebert
Director of Law
Bay Village, Ohio

William Geary
City Attorney (Retired)
Kansas City, Missouri

Jennie Granahan Tarr
Chief Asst. County Attorney
Hillsborough County, Florida

Steven Moore
City Attorney (Retired)
Yuma, Arizona

Theodore Fitzgerald


 2017

Robert Shields
City Attorney
Woodburn, Oregon
 
Garry Hunter
General Counsel
Columbus, Ohio

Jim Nugent
City Attorney
Missoula, Montana


2018

James Markman
City Attorney
Brea, California


 Marvin J. Glink Private Practice Local Government Attorney Award

This award is established to honor the memory of Marvin J. Glink by recognizing a private practice practitioner who exhibits those qualities that made Marvin one of the truly remarkable lawyers working in the private sector on behalf of public clients. Marvin Glink was a founding member of the law firm Ancel, Glink, Diamond, Bush, DiCianni & Krafthefer, P.C. in Chicago, Illinois. He practiced municipal law for more than 50 years, serving as the general counsel and special counsel to many municipalities and local governments in Illinois, including the Villages of Skokie, Maywood and Bridgeview, the City of Naperville, and school districts, fire protection districts, and other Illinois specialty governments. In addition to the traditional qualities of excellence in the practice of law, the award seeks to recognize a private law practitioner who has provided outstanding service to the public and who possesses an exemplary reputation in the legal community, the highest of ethical standards, and who revels in maintaining a life that balances a passion for professional excellence with the joy of family and friends. In addition, the award seeks to recognize a person who exhibits qualities of openness and humility, coupled with a sincere concern for the interests of others, including the professional development of newer practitioners. The award is authorized by Article VI, Section 6 of the IMLA Bylaws.

Marvin J. Glink Private Practice Local Government Attorney Award

2008

Timothy S. Hollister
Town Attorney
Hartford, Connecticut

Stephen J. Smith
Law Director
Columbus, Ohio


2010

John Boyle
City Attorney
Grapevine, Texas


2011

Geoffrey Gay
Austin, Texas

William "Mick" McKamie
Principal
San Antonio, Texas

John Zimmermann
Village Attorney
Mettawa, Illinois


2012

Donald J. Simpson
Red Deer, Alberta


 2015

Stewart Diamond
Vice-President
Chicago, Illinois


2016

Alan Bojorquez
Managing Attorney
Austin, Texas


2017

Kevin Kilby
City Attorney
Troy, Michigan
 
Ivan Webber
De Moines, Iowa

Thomas Bayer
Chicago, Illinois


2018

Shannon O'Connor
Syracuse, New York


 Daniel J. Curtin Young Public Lawyer Award

This award is established to honor the memory of Daniel J. Curtin, Jr. by recognizing a new practitioner who exhibits those qualities that made Dan one of the truly remarkable lawyers working on behalf of public clients. In addition to the traditional qualities of excellence in the practice of law, the award seeks to recognize a public law practitioner who has provided outstanding service to the public and who possesses an exemplary reputation in the legal community, the highest of ethical standards and who revels in maintaining a life that balances a passion for professional excellence and the joy of family and friends. In addition, the award seeks to recognize a person who exhibits qualities of openness and humility coupled with a sincere concern for the interests of others, including the professional development of newer practitioners. The award is authorized by Article VI, Section 6 of the IMLA Bylaws.

Daniel J. Curtin Young Public Lawyer Award

2008

Stephen C. Nick
City Attorney
Eau Claire, Wisconsin


2009

Vince Chhabria
Deputy City Attorney
San Francisco, California


2011

Anthony Agati
Trial Attorney
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


2012

Rusi Patel
Associate General Counsel
Atlanta, Georgia

Benjamin S. Goldman
Tarrant, Alabama


2013

Janet Spugnardi
Deputy City Attorney
Irving, Texas


2014

Ariel Levinson-Waldman
Washington, D.C.


2015

Jessica Sangsvang
Assistant City Attorney 
Fort Worth, Texas


2016

Joanna Klein
Divisional Deputy City Solicitor
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


2017

Daniel White
Assistant City Attorney
Yuma, Arizona

Kimberly Campbell
Assistant City Attorney
Scottsdale, Arizona


2018

Kelly Albin
Assistant City Attorney
Fort Worth, Texas


Brown, Mulligan, Rocha Distinguished Public Service Award

This award is established to honor a local government attorney for significant and surpassing achievements in the field of local government law occurring or culminating in the previous year.

Brown, Mulligan, Rocha Distinguished Public Service Award

1995

Sharon L. Cruz
County Attorney
Fort Lauderdale, Florida


1996

Jay Doegey
City Attorney (Retired)
Arlington, Texas


1997

Richard Gardella
Scarsdale, New York


1998

William C. Mann
Chief Deputy City Attorney
Little Rock, Arkansas


2000

Walter E. (ED) Sumner

Roger F. Cutler
Past IMLA President
Salt Lake City, Utah


2001

David R. Ornstein
Minnesota


2006

Patricia Lynch
Past IMLA President
Reno, Nevada


2008

George A. Nilson
Former City Solicitor
Baltimore, Maryland

Susan Emery McGannon
Murfreesboro, Tennessee


2009

John Choi
County Attorney
St. Paul, Minnesota


2010

Charles Grubb
Caddo, Louisiana


2011

Robert Ennis
City Attorney (Retired)
Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Mara Georges
Chicago, Illinois


2012

Marvin E. Rainey
City Attorney
Shawnee, Kansas


2013

Barbara J. Parker
City Attorney
Oakland, California

Herman Morris
Memphis, Tennessee

William Matsikoudis
Corporation Counsel
Jersey City, New Jersey


2014

Gwen Tromley
Chief City Solicitor
Baltimore, Maryland

Sam Edwards
Lebanon, Tennessee

Brad Cunningham
Lexington, South Carolina


2015

Joseph Messina

Suzanne Sangree
Chief Legal Counsel
Baltimore, Maryland


2016

Moses Johnson
Assistant City Attorney
Anaheim, California

Jan Goldsmith
City Attorney
San Diego, California


2017

Michael Horn

Patrick O'Neil
Divisional Deputy City Solicitor
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


2018

Stephen Nick
City Attorney
Eau Claire, Wisconsin


 Bruce A. Noble Distinguished Canadian Municipal Lawyer Award

The Bruce A. Noble award is named in honour of IMLA's first Canadian President, whose outstanding achievements on behalf of IMLA and many other legal associations are only matched by his passion for the practice of law and knowledge of municipal law practice.

Bruce A. Noble Award for a Distinguished Canadian Municipal Lawyer

2008

Tom McCormick
City Attorney (Retired)
Raleigh, North Carolina

Stephen J. Smith
Columbus, Ohio

Jack Waaler
Urbana, Illinois


2011

Anna Kinastowski
Toronto, Ontario, Canada


2012

Mary Ellen Bench
Past IMLA President
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada


2013

Jack Basey
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada


2014

Neil Robertson
Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada


2015

David Baghosian


2016

Byron Werry
Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada


2017

Brian Ioewen


2018

Paul DeMelo
Attorney
Toronto, Ontario, Canada


 William I. Thornton, Jr. IMLA Faculty Award

IMLA established this award to honor the memory of William I. Thornton, Jr. by recognizing a person dedicated to IMLA and to the practice of local government law and who has participated as a member of the IMLA faculty in helping local government attorneys learn about or reaffirm their knowledge of issues important to their practice of local government law. In addition to the traditional qualities of excellence in the practice of law, the award seeks to recognize a practitioner who has provided outstanding service to the public and who possesses an exemplary reputation in the legal community, the highest of ethical standards and who is devoted to mentoring young lawyers and educating lawyers in local government law.

William I. Thornton, Jr. IMLA Faculty Award

2010

Eunice Gibson
City Attorney (Retired)
Madison, Wisconsin


2011

Scott H. Howard
City Attorney (Retired)
Ventura, California


2012

Daniel D. Crean
Pembroke, New Hampshire


2013

Phillip Sparkes
Fort Thomas, Kentucky


2014

Hilary Ruley
Chief Solicitor
Baltimore, Maryland


2015

Doug Haney
Corporation Counsel
Carmel, Indiana


2016

Peter Letzmann
Grand Rapids, Michigan


2017

Randall Van Vleck
General Counsel
Santa Fe, New Mexico


2018

Cynthia Baker
Clinical Professor of Law
Indianapolis, Indiana


 Outstanding State League Counsel Award

IMLA established this award to honor those attorneys who serve as counsel to their state league of cities or association of counties, towns or other local government entities and who are recognized for their valued service to the members of their organizations and for their skills as attorneys. Like other IMLA awards, this award expects the recipient to exhibit the traditional qualities of excellence in the practice of law, but also seeks to recognize a practitioner who has provided outstanding service to local governments and who possesses an exemplary reputation in the legal community, the highest of ethical standards, exceptional legislative achievement, and who is devoted to improving local governments.

 

Outstanding State League Counsel Award

2010

Scott Houston
Deputy Executive Director & General Counsel
Austin, Texas


2011

Jodie Woods
General Counsel
Inianapolis, Indiana


2012

Mark R. Hayes
Little Rock, Arkansas


2013

J. Kenneth Smith


2014

Randall Van Vleck
General Counsel
Santa Fe, New Mexico


2015

Larry Baer
Topeka, Kansas


2016

Susan Moore
General Counsel
Atlanta, Georgia


2017

Jennifer Smout
London, Ontario, Canada


 Brad D. Bailey Assistant City/County Attorney Award

This award is established to honor the memory of Brad D. Bailey, by recognizing an assistant local government attorney who exhibits those qualities that made Brad one of the truly remarkable lawyers working on behalf of public clients.  In addition to the traditional qualities of excellence in the practice of law, the award seeks to recognize a public law practitioner who has provided outstanding service to the public and who possesses an exemplary reputation in the legal community, the highest of ethical standards and who revels in maintaining a life that balances a passion for professional excellence and the joy of family and friends. The award is authorized by Article VI, Section 6 of the IMLA Bylaws.

Brad D. Bailey Assistant City/County Attorney Award

2011

Warren Kraft
Village Attorney
Madison, Wisconsin


2012

John Steiner
Assistant City Attorney
Austin, Texas


2015

John Kelly Addy
Billings, Montana


2016

Brent Lloyd
Assistant City Attorney
Austin, Texas


2017

Douglas Hoffer
Assistant City Attorney
Eau Claire, Wisconsin


2018

Mario Treto, Jr.
Deputy City Attorney
Evanston, Illinois