Nominees are being accepted for the three awards presented each year during the Bar's Annual Meeting to individuals that have made significant contributions to the legal profession. The Awards are: Distinguished Service Award granted to a lawyer or lay person for outstanding achievement in or a significant contribution to the legal profession. The recipient must be cited for specific actions, which occurred no longer than five (5) years immediately prior to the date of the award; Lifetime Achievement Award granted for devoted service to the public, profession and the administration of justice over the span of a professional career. Only lawyers or individuals who have worked within or contributed significantly to the system of justice or legal profession will be qualified to receive this award. The Lifetime Achievement Award is presented only on those occasions when a deserving recipient is nominated and selected; and the Judicial Excellence Award, which recognizes a judge who has exceeded the call of the judicial office. The recipient should be an exceptional county, circuit, chancery or state appellate judge who is an example of judicial excellence; a leader in advancing the quality and efficiency of justice and a person of high ideals, character and integrity. To be eligible a judge must be serving as a county, circuit, chancery or appellate judge. Judges on senior status are eligible if they continue to be active on the bench. All nominations should be submitted to: Awards Committee, The Mississippi Bar, P.O. Box 2168, Jackson, MS 39225-2168, with a biographical profile of the nominee and a short narrative (double spaced) explaining your reasons for the nomination or emailed to Larry Houchins at firstname.lastname@example.org . The deadline for award nominations to be received is March 7.