Countryman Award

 NCLC IS CURRENTLY SEEKING 2014 NOMINATIONS FOR VERN COUNTRYMAN AWARD!

 NCLC is seeking *Vern Countryman Award Nominations!*

The Countryman Award is the top honor for consumer attorneys across the country and pays tribute each year to an exceptional attorney who has contributed significantly to the well-being of vulnerable consumers. We need your help in nominating a deserving attorney who will be named the 2014 Countryman winner at our annual conference this November in Tampa. 

If you know of an exceptional attorney who has demonstrated excellence in working on low-income consumer issues for at least ten years, or who recently obtained legal relief through judicial, administrative, or legislative action which significantly benefited a large number of low-income consumers, *please send a complete nomination to Lauren Mahoney at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

*Nominating materials will need to include: *

1) Candidate's resume/CV

2) A 1-2 page description of the work which qualifies for the award

3) Optional: one or more letters of reference from those familiar with the candidate's work

4) Optional: Anything else you think relevant, convincing, and compelling 

*Please limit your nomination to 8 pages.

The winning candidate is chosen by a committee of NCLC's Board of Directors consisting of attorneys and low-income clients. They may not be as familiar with the consumer law community as you are - so you'll need to build a short but compelling case for your nominee. The deadline for completed nominations is *September 26, 2014*. 
Please email all completed nominations to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in PDF.

 

Vern Countryman Award


Each year NCLC presents the Vern Countryman Consumer Law Award to a legal services or other public interest attorney whose special contributions to the practice of consumer law have strengthened and affirmed the rights of low-income Americans.

Since the first award was presented in 1990 to Henry J. Sommer for his leadership in promoting the field of consumer law, the Vern Countryman Award has quickly become the top honor for consumer attorneys. We are most proud to know these outstanding advocates and applaud their efforts on behalf of low-income consumers. Winners include some of the most highly regarded consumer advocates in the country:

Richard N. Feferman, 2013 

David Leen, 2012

Carlene McNulty, 2011

O. Randolph Bragg, 2010

Michael D. Donovan, 2009

Bernard E. Brown, 2008

Mallam J. Maynard, 2007

F. Paul Bland, Jr., 2006

Irv Ackelsberg, 2005

Gail Hillebrand, 2004

Dan Hedges, 2003

Joanne Faulkner, 2002

Lynn Drysdale, 2001

Richard Rubin, 2000

Kathleen Keest, 1999

Alan Alop, 1998

David Ramp, 1997

Elizabeth Imholz, 1996

James Sturdevant, 1995

 Patricia Sturdevant, 1995

Michael Ferry, 1994

William Brennan, 1993

Carolyn Carter, 1992

Margot Freeman Saunders, 1991

Henry Sommer, 1990

  

Nominate the Next Countryman Winner


If you know of an outstanding attorney who is deserving of this recognition, please email Lauren Mahoney at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for information on the nomination process. Our guidelines are simple: the nominee must have demonstrated excellence in working on low-income consumer or energy issues for at least 10 years; or recently obtained legal relief through judicial, administrative, or legislative action which brought significant benefit to a large number of low-income consumers.

Nominations may be submitted by anyone familiar with the work of the candidate. Nominating materials should include: Candidate’s resume; a description of the work which qualifies for the award; and two or more references who may be contacted about the work.

We welcome your help in identifying the next deserving recipient!