Excellence Awards



In 2017, the Hennepin County Bar Association announced its Excellence Awards program to honor individual members for contributions to the profession and the community. The Excellence Awards replaced the association's previous awards programs.

Past recipients

2023 Honorees

  • Hon. Denise Reillyfor Career Contributions to the Profession
  • Dee Baskinfor Improving Access to Justice
  • Logan Drewfor Providing Pro Bono Service
  • The Legal Revolution & North Hennepin Community College’s Paralegal Programfor Improving Access to Justice
  • Caitlinrose Fisher and Virginia McCalmontfor Providing Pro Bono Service
  • Mary Kaczorekfor Improving Access to Justice
  • Amanda Krusefor Providing Pro Bono Service
  • James Poradekfor Improving Access to Justice



For the 2023 Excellence Awards cycle, up to 12 awards could be given. Individual HCBA members were nominated for recognition in one or more of the following categories. 

  • Advancing Diversity and Inclusion
  • Improving Access to Justice
  • Providing Pro Bono Service
  • Mentoring in the Profession
  • Advancing Innovation in the Profession
  • Serving the Association / Foundation 

All HCBA members (other than current members of the Awards Committee and the Executive Committee) were eligible to receive awards. No HCBA member may receive an HCBA Excellence Award in a category if the member has previously received an HCBA Excellence Award in the same category within the past 3 years. HCBA members from any level of experience may be nominated for an award, and nominators are encouraged to nominate New Lawyers Section members for recognition.

An additional award for Career Contributions to the Profession may be given each year by the HCBA Executive CommitteeSelection will be in the sole discretion of the Executive Committee and will recognize a member’s outstanding career contributions. To recommend an individual for this honor, please contact HCBA Governance Coordinator Andrew Olson.

Although nominators are encouraged to identify the ways in which nominees excel in one or more categories, the Awards Committee will determine the individual category for which each award recipient will be recognized. Awards may not be given in every category each year, and there is no minimum number of award recipients in each year.  The Award Committee’s final recommendations regarding award recipients shall be approved by the Executive Committee.

Nomination Form

Nomination period for 2024 awards will be announced soon. 
Submit nomination.

Staff Contact

Andrew Olson

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