The Leo A. Farhat Outstanding Attorney Award shall be presented to a member of the Ingham County Bar Association who has distinguished himself or herself by manifesting exemplary character, integrity, judgment and legal scholarship while adhering to and advancing the highest principles and traditions of the legal profession. Special consideration will be given to those members who have made an extraordinary commitment to bench and/or bar activities at the local, state, or national levels.
In addition to the traditional qualities of excellence in the practice of law, the award seeks to recognize a private law practitioner who has provided outstanding service to the public and who possesses an exemplary reputation in the legal community, the highest of ethical standards, and who revels in maintaining a life that balances a passion for professional excellence with the joy of family and friends. In addition, the award seeks to recognize a person who exhibits qualities of openness and humility, coupled with a sincere concern for the interests of others, including the professional development of newer practitioners.
The award shall consist of a plaque or other suitable memento presented to the recipient, as well as the inscription of the recipient’s name on a large plaque maintained in the ICBA office or other suitable location.
Previous Award Recipients
1988 Leo A. Farhat 1989 Donald L. Reisig 1990 Stuart J. Dunnings, Jr. 1991 John L. Collins 1992 William N. Kritselis 1993 John L. Cote’ 1994 Cassius E. Street, Jr. 1995 David C. Coey 1996 William E. Rheaume 1997 Webb A. (Tony) Smith 1998 George W. Loomis 1999 Theodore W. Swift 2000 James A. Timmer 2001 Frank Harrison Reynolds 2002 Nancy A. Wonch 2003 George T. Sinas 2004 James F. Graves 2005 Peter L. Dunlap 2006 James A. White 2007 Allan J. Claypool 2008 Michael E. Cavanaugh 2009 Lawrence P. Nolan 2010 Max R. Hoffman, Jr. 2011 Karen Bush Schneider 2012 Ted W. Stroud 2013 David E. S. Marvin 2014 Jack C. Davis 2015 Charles E. Barbieri 2016 Marla Mitchell-Cichon 2017 Peter H. Ellsworth 2018 Michael J. Nichols 2019 Michael W. Stephenson