Top 5 Under 35 Award

2019 Nomination Form


This award recognizes young lawyers who have distinguished themselves in their relatively short career by manifesting: exemplary character, integrity, judgment and legal scholarship; service to the profession and the bar; service to the community; and a reputation for or the advancement of the highest legal standards and professional responsibility


Only current members of the Ingham County Bar Association may nominate individuals for the award.

Nomination Form

To submit nominations for the Ingham County Bar Association Top 5 Under 35 Award, please complete the nomination form and return it to Alexander S. Rusek, White Law PLLC, 2549 Jolly road Ste 340, Okemos, MI 48864 or email the following information, referencing ICBA Top 5 Under 35 Nomination, to


In order to be eligible for the Top 5 Under 35 Award, nominees must:

  1. Be in good standing with the State Bar of Michigan;
  2. Be a member of the Ingham County Bar Association OR have a residence or office in Ingham, Eaton, or Clinton County; and
  3. Be 35 years old or younger OR have practiced for five years or less.

Award Criteria

Nominees for the Ingham County Bar Association Top 5 Under 35 Award will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  1. Professional excellence;
  2. Service to the profession and the bar;
  3. Service to the community; and Ingham County Bar Association 2018 Top 5 Under 35 Nomination Form
  4. Reputation for or the advancement of the highest legal standards and professional responsibility.

Nominee's Resume

Nominators are encouraged to include the nominee's resume or biography, describing their background and contributions.


Nominators may submit up to 4 news articles written by or about the candidate and no more than 3 letters of support from individuals or organizations. Identical letters from different supporters should be signed on one sheet rather than attaching multiple copies of the same letter.

Other Relevant Information

Nominators may provide any additional information that will be helpful and relevant in evaluating this nominee.


Nomination forms and supporting materials must be received no later than 11:59 pm on Wednesday, January 3, 2018. No extensions will be granted.

Selection Process and Announcement

The Ingham County Bar Association Awards Committee will select the 2018 Top 5 Under 35 Award recipients. The Top 5 Under 35 Award recipients will receive a plaque at the Ninth Annual Barristers Night on Thursday, March 22, 2018.

Previous Award Recipients

2010 Recipients 2011 Recipients
Stacia Buchanan
Pamela C. Dausman
Matthew D. Drake
Jodi M. Latuszek
G. Alan Wallace
Kristin B. Bellar
Jessica S. Fox
Kristina S. Lyke
Karen L. Phillips
Douglas E. Meeks
2012 Recipients 2013 Recipients
James F. Anderton, V
Ross K. Bower, II
Lindsay A. Elya
Brian P. Lick
Donald Rencher
Joshua K. Richardson
Edwar Zeineh
Carrie E. Huff
Brian T. Gallagher
Katie Lynwood
Liza C. Moore
Stephen H. Sinas
2014 Recipients 2015 Recipients
Sean P. Gallagher
Erin M. Hopper
Loukas P. Kalliantasis
Amanda G. Pollard
Nicole E. Stratton
Warren H. Krueger, III
Helen “Lizzie” Mills
Shenique A. Moss
Takura N. Nyamfukudza
Elizabeth E. Rios
2016 Recipients 2017 Recipients
Catherine E. Tucker
Lindsay Dangl
Alexander S. Rusek
Nicholas M. Oertel
Christopher B. Wickman
Jacquelyn Dupler
Shane Hillyard
Christopher Patterson
Kristen Simmons
Michael Van Huysse
Ingham County Bar Association (ICBA)
Located at: PO Box 66, Grand Ledge, MI 48837
Phone: (517) 627-3938
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