SRLA Awards

At each annual SRLA Conference, the association presents awards to select members to recognize exemplary achievements in service, scholarship and leadership.  The awards are as follows:

  • The Betty van der Smissen Leadership Award is presented to an individual who is recognized for leadership and vision in the study of legal aspects of sport and physical activity.
  • The Herb Appenzeller SRLA Honor Award is presented to an individual who has given outstanding service to the Association.
  • The Lori K. Miller SRLA Young Professional Award recognizes a young professional who demonstrates commitment to the study and instruction of the legal aspects of sport and recreation, service to the field and SRLA, as well as the potential for future growth and excellence in those same areas.
  • The Bernard Patrick Maloy Graduate Student Research Award is given annually to the graduate student who submits the best research paper to the Honors and Awards Committee.  Award winners are encouraged to work towards future publication in Journal of Legal Aspects of Sport.
  • The Undergraduate Student Research Poster Competition allows undergraduate students an opportunity to submit and present research for evaluation by a panel of judges from the SRLA professional membership. Accepted posters will be displayed concurrently with the Poster Session at the SRLA Conference, with the winning poster chosen by the panel of judges.
  • The SRLA Best Paper Award is a competitive award granted to the best paper submitted as chosen by a panel of peers that focuses upon a significant and relevant legal issue related to sport or physical activity. The winner will receive free Conference Registration and a $500 award to be received at the Awards Banquet at the Conference. Winners are encouraged to submit their paper to the Journal of Legal Aspects of Sport.

The Call for Award Nominations and research award criteria are posted on (under Conference Business).
For a list of previous award winners, please click the links above.

Additionally, SRLA inducts a class of SRLA Research Fellows annually.  Please click the link for SRLA Research Fellow qualifications.