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 81st Annual IMLA Conference in San Diego, California. 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 (Due: August 14, 2017)

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 (Due:  August 14, 2017)

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 (Due: July 14, 2017)

Nomination Form for Glink Award  (Due: August 14, 2017)

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  (Due: July 14, 2017)

Nomination Form for Curtin Award  (Due: August 14, 2017)

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  (Due: July 14, 2017)

Nomination Form for Brown, Mulligan, Rocha Distinguished Public Service Award  (Due: August 14 2017)

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  (Due: August 14, 2017)

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  (Due: July 14, 2017)
Criteria for Thornton Faculty Award
Nomination Form for William I. Thornton, Jr. IMLA Faculty Award (Due: August 14, 2017)

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  (Due: July 14, 2017)
Criteria for Outstanding State League Counsel Award

Nomination Form for Outstanding State League Counsel Award (Due: August 14, 2017)

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  (Due: July 14, 2017)
Criteria AND Nomination Form for Brad D. Bailey Award (Due: August 14, 2017)


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


 2000

John E. Gotherman
General Counsel, Ohio Municipal League
Columbus, Ohio
and
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
and
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
and
Buck Delventhal
Deputy City Attorney Government Team
San Francisco, California


2014

Marc P. Hansen
County Attorney
Montgomery County, Maryland


 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

Coming Soon


 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

Coming Soon


 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

Coming Soon


 Joseph I. Mulligan, Jr. 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.

Joseph I. Mulligan, Jr. Distinguished Public Service Award

Coming Soon


 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

Coming Soon


 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

Coming Soon


 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

Coming Soon


 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

Coming Soon