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 may be made to any lawyer, whether or not a Fellow of the College, and takes the form of a scroll making appropriate reference to the particular representation or cause involved.

The particular courageous advocacy for which the recipient is selected need not have been rendered during the year in which the selection is made.

Recipients of the Griffin Bell Award for Courageous Advocacy

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