Christel Marquardt Trailblazer Award
This award is named in honor of Hon. Christel Marquardt, the first woman to serve as President of the Kansas Bar Association, by recognizing exceptional KBA members who break new ground, shatter glass ceilings, or pave new paths for others to follow. The award is bestowed upon a member who has made innovative contributions to improve the legal profession or our communities, exhibiting courage, leadership, professional excellence, and service to the profession in a manner that makes a substantial and positive impact on all those who follow in his or her footsteps. The award will be given to a KBA member who demonstrates qualities Judge Marquardt has exemplified, such as:
- Service to the Bar or to the legal profession generally
- Courage in challenging societal, institutional, or historical barriers
- Innovation and carving a path for future lawyers through mentorship, hard work, and compassion
- Leadership by word and example
The Trailblazer Award will be given in years where there is a worthy recipient.