NCBF Excellence Award

Established in 2015, the NCBF Excellence Award recognizes an outstanding contribution to law-related philanthropy by an individual.

The following distinguished members have received this recognition:

Deborah R Gross

2018 - Debbie Gross, Chancellor, Philadelphia Bar Association. Debbie Gross is a true trailblazer in her support for Philadelphia's public interest legal community and the advancement of access to justice. For more than 10 years, she has been a resilient advocate for the Philadelphia Bar Foundation's work, donating more than $150,000 to the Foundation during that time. As a Trustee, she has participated in the Grants Committee, the Finance Committee, the Annual Benefit Committee, the Development Committee, and many ad hoc Task Forces. During her Foundation Presidency, she dedicated time and resources to the 50th anniversary fundraising efforts, which included hundreds of personal phone calls and meetings with law firms on behalf of the Foundation.

Hon. Debra Walker

2017 - Hon. Debra Walker, Cook County Circuit Court judge.  Debra has a strong history of leadership in both bar foundation and bar association circles, having served on the NCBF Board of Trustees, as president of the Illinois Bar Foundation, and president of the Women's Bar Association of Illinois.  She chairs the Commission on Professionalism of the Illinois Supreme Court.

Colonel (USAF Retired) Martin

2016 -  Colonel (USAF Retired) Martin, former Executive Director of the Arkansas Bar Association and the Arkansas Bar Foundation.  Bill was active in the NCBF, having served two terms on the NCBF Board of Trustees and three years as NCBF Treasurer.  He was designated an NCBF Trustee Emeritus for his continuous and long-standing support and involvement in the organization. He continues to remain active in bar work, serving on the boards of both the Pulaski County Bar Association and the Pulaski County Bar Foundation, which he helped found.

Thomas R. Tinder

2015 - Thomas R. Tinder, Executive Director of the West Virginia Bar Foundation and a former NCBF president, who continues to be active in the NCBF.  In his acceptance remarks, Mr. Tinder noted that "faith, friends and family are the true essence of life."