About Us - Emil Gumpert Award
To recognize programs, whether public or private, whose principal
purpose is to maintain and improve the administration of justice.
Hon. Emil Gumpert
This award is made in honor of the late Honorable Emil
Gumpert, Chancellor-Founder of the American College of Trial Lawyers.
Judge Gumpert, throughout his more than half-century professional career
as an eminent trial lawyer, State Bar president and trial judge,
substantially and effectively devoted himself to the administration of
justice and to the improvement of trial practice.
The purpose of the award is set forth in the Mission
Statement. Key criteria are noted below. The award recognizes
programs, public or private, whose principal purpose is to maintain and
improve the administration of justice. The programs considered may be
associated with courts, law schools, bar associations or any other
organization that provides such a program.
Potential candidates may apply directly for the award by submitting
the Application form found below to the American College of
Trial Lawyers. Candidates may also be nominated by Fellows of the
American College of Trial Lawyers including State and Province
Committees, and by bar associations, law schools, or any person who
wishes to propose a candidate for consideration. Nominators should use
the Nomination form found below.
In addition to looking for programs that are compatible with the
basic mission statement, the Emil Gumpert Award Committee pays
particular attention to the following factors in evaluating
- Precisely how will the award money be spent by the applicant?
- Will the applicant accomplish its intended project or goal without
the award money?
- Can the applicant's project serve as a model for wider
The Committee generally does not favor applications seeking funds for
general operating expenses, to support existing programs, or to add new
employees who perform the pre-existing work of the applicant. Past
winners, described in more detail below, all sought funding for new,
well-defined programs that, if successful, could be replicated
||Miller Resentencing Project of the Florida State University College
Children in Prison Project
||The Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project
||Southern Public Defender Training Center - Atlanta, Georgia
||Older & Wiser - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
||Pro Bono Law Ontario - Ontario, Canada
||"And Justice For All" of Salt Lake City, Utah
||The National Center for Refugee and Immigrant Children, Washington,
District of Columbia
||Legal Aid University, Boston, Massachusetts
||Dakota Plains Legal Services, Mission, South Dakota
Emil Gumpert Application Information:
Emil Gumpert Award Application
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