Griffin Bell Award for Courageous Advocacy

In 1964 the American College of Trial Lawyers Award for Courageous Advocacy was established, and in 2009 was named to honor Griffin B. Bell, former Attorney General of the United States and a Past President of the College. The Award is one of the highest honors conferred by the College upon an individual trial lawyer and recognizes lawyers who have persevered in pursuit of an important cause despite substantial personal danger, fear, unpopularity, opposition, or other difficulties.

How To Submit a Nomination
A nominator need only submit a letter of support, and the award committee will complete an investigation before deciding whether to recommend the person to the Board of Regents. You may send your letter to nationaloffice@actl.com or directly to the committee chair, Jeffrey D. Morris, jmorris@berkowitzoliver.com.

Recipients of the Griffin Bell Award for Courageous Advocacy

2018
Andrew J. Savage III, Fellow
Charleston, South Carolina

2017
Judy Clarke, Fellow

San Diego, California

2013
Louise Arbour

Brussels, Belgium

View a list of past recipients

2004
Bryan A. Stevenson

Montgomery, Alabama

2001
Oliver W. Hill, Fellow

Richmond, Virginia

2000
Nickolas C. Murnion

Jordan, Montana

1997
W. Glen How, Q.C.

Georgetown, Ontario

1994
Julius L. Chambers, Fellow

Charlotte, North Carolina

1992
Max D. Stern, Fellow

Boston, Massachusetts

1991
Hon. Robert J. Lewis, Jr.

Topeka, Kansas

1990
Stanton Bloom

Tucson, Arizona

1985
William R. Gray, Fellow

Boulder, Colorado

1979
Robert W. Meserve, Fellow

Boston, Massachusetts

1975
Barnabas F. Sears, Fellow

Chicago, Illionis

1965
George E. Allen, Fellow

Richmond, Virginia