An important part of our mission is to recognize distinguished accomplishments in education law. This page describes our awards and past recipients. We welcome nominations and invite ELA members to get involved in committees. The Awards Committee provides overall management of the Education Law Association awards process and coordination among its several subcommittees responsible for managing nominations and selecting recipients of each of the following awards. 

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October 27, 2023

Award Proposal Opens

Nominations officially accepted for the 2023 awards season. Create a free account at to submit an award nomination.

Award Proposal Closes

Nominations portal closed for the 2023 awards season.

Award Notices

The Awards Committee notifies awardees, issues coupon codes for conference registration, and explains the requirement for updating their profile on

Updated Profiles

Last day for awardees to update their profiles on Staff will use the awardee’s full name (prefix, first, middle, last, suffix), title, affiliation, headshot, and biography in promotional material.

Public Announcement

Staff announces award recipients on, newsletter, conference brochures, and mobile app.

Conference Registration

Last day for awardees to use the award coupon code to register for the annual conference. Doing so confirms their onsite participation in the awards ceremony.

Awards Ceremony


The awards ceremony will occur on Friday, October 27, during the 69th Annual Conference of the Education Law Association in Reno-Tahoe, October 25-28, 2023.