NABL Awards 


The Bernard P. Friel Medal honors distinguished service in public finance and was established in 1982 in honor of NABL’s first President. Nominees need not be NABL members but may not be current members of the NABL Board of Directors. A list of past recipients of the Friel Medal can be found here.  

The Frederick O. Kiel Distinguished Service Award recognizes an individual for distinguished service to NABL over an extended period of time. Frederick O. Kiel served as NABL's fourth president and was editor of The Bond Lawyer for twenty-five years. A list of past recipients of the Kiel Award can be found here.  


NABL Announces 2020 Award Recipients

The National Association of Bond Lawyers is pleased to announce the 2020 recipients of NABL’s Carlson Prize. The Carlson Prize, named in honor of Rita J. and Charles P. Carlson, is awarded to the author(s) of the best scholarly article submitted for publication in The Bond Lawyer. The prize carries an honorarium of $500 and a tuition grant for attendees at NABL U’s The Workshop.

The 2020 Prize will be awarded to the four authors of Practical Considerations in Electronic Disclosure by State and Municipal Bond Issuers article, published in the Spring 2020 issue of The Bond Lawyer and originally published in the Fall 2019 edition of the Municipal Finance Journal. The authors, led by Stacey C. Lewis, Pacifica Law Group, Seattle, WA ,are Glenn E. Weinstein, Miller, Canfield, Paddock & Stone, PLC, Chicago, IL; David Y. Bannard, Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell LLP, Boston, MA; and Erich Schmitz, Hawkins Delafield & Wood LLP, San Francisco, CA. 

“The Practical Considerations in Electronic Disclosure paper is a thoughtful, well written piece, which is thoroughly researched and eminently readable, making it useful in everyday practice for many of NABL’s members.  Congratulations to each of the authors on this well-deserved prize for this timely and extremely helpful paper!” said Teri Guarnaccia, 2019 - 2020 NABL President-Elect and Awards Committee Chair.

Because The Workshop is being held virtually this year, The Board of Directors elected to defer The Bernard P. Friel Medal and The Frederick O. Kiel Awards until 2021. The Carlson Prize will be presented during NABL’s Annual Membership Meeting at The Workshop: Virtual 2020, on Wednesday, September 23, 2020.