KTLA Awards

KTLA takes pride in recognizing those who have made positive impacts in their communities, the legal profession, KTLA and the lives of their clients. KTLA recognizes both members and non-members who have made significant contributions to the cause of justice. In brief, KTLA's Award system includes the following honors, which are awarded only as qualified candidates are presented for recognition (click here for a listing of the 2016 recipients; click the link on each award to view past recipients of individual awards):

  • The Lynn R. Johnson JUSTICE Award — Ongoing criteria for this prestigious award have not yet been finalized. For now, nominations for the Johnson JUSTICE Award can be made only at the discretion of KTLA's Executive Committee.
  • The Arthur C. Hodgson Award — The Arthur C. Hodgson Award recognizes consistent, exemplary and sustained participation in leadership for the association and/or the Foundation. 
  • The Thomas E. Sullivan Award — The Thomas E. Sullivan Award recognizes significant promise and commitment as a developing leader for the association and/or Foundation.
  • The Distinguished Service Award — The Distinguished Service Award recognizes deeds and service which significantly advance justice, the goals of the legal profession or the mission of the association. 
  • The Humanitarian Award The Humanitarian Award recognizes selfless devotion or commitment of time, energies and/or resources to the service or welfare of the community. 
  • The Consumer Champion Award The Consumer Champion Award recognizes noteworthy contributions to the preservation, enhancement or advancement of the legal rights or interest of Kansans with ramifications beyond an individual case. 
  • The Paul E. Wilson Advocacy Award and The Raymond Spring Award (student scholarship, KU Law and WU Law) recognize young professionals and are presented with a scholarship supported personally by Pedro Irigonegaray and (as of 2012) a certificate entitling them to five years of complimentary membership in KTLA once they enter the bar. Students are nominated by the Office of the Dean at KU Law and Washburn Law.

2017 KTLA Award Recipients


Thomas E. Sullivan Award

Blake A. Shuart, Wichita

For showing significant promise and commitment as a developing leader of the Association and living the values of trial attorneys


Consumer Champion Award

Paul E. Wilson Project for Innocence & Post-Conviction Remedies, University of Kansas School of Law

In recognition of exceptional pro bono efforts by law students and faculty for prisoners who might otherwise not receive legal representation


Consumer Champion Award

Brianna Lynne Falvey

​In recognition of her noteworthy contributions as an AVID Site Coordinator at Mead Middle School and her "Mock Your Socks Off" Event


Award Nominees

The Kansas Trial Lawyers Association requests nominations of worthy individuals to be considered for prestigious KTLA Awards. Awards are presented each December at a celebration and recognition dinner in conjunction with the Annual Meeting & CLE Seminar. KTLA seeks:

  • To celebrate the efforts and achievements of our members, colleagues and community partners which advance the values that KTLA champions.
  • Through such recognition, to help our members, colleagues and community partners understand that their efforts and achievements are highly valued.
  • Through publicizing such efforts and their recognition, to help our various audiences and the public at large understand the values which our organization champions, so that they might better understand our mission, our profession and our members.
To make a nomination, complete the Awards Nomination Form and send it along with your Letter of Nomination describing the effort or achievements to be recognized. The Awards Committee, comprised of KTLA Members, makes the final selection and recommendation of an Award to the KTLA Board of Governors.


KTLA Awards Criteria and Nomination Form


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