The HBAA Leon Jaworski Award was initiated in 1988 to honor a lawyer for a lifetime of volunteer service. State and national bar associations reward professional achievement; the granting of the Jaworski Award is based solely on service to the greater Houston community. Success in politics, the military, or professional organizations may contribute to candidacy, but they are of secondary importance in this selection.
Each year, the HBAA Leon Jaworski Award Committee solicits nominations from the entities of the Houston Community whose efforts enhance the quality of life in Houston. A committee of five community leaders, none of whom may be lawyers, considers each nomination and elects the recipient. The award process and procedures were carefully developed to establish and insure the propriety and integrity of the program. A Pat Foley sculpture, "Family", commemorates the award. The sculpture, representing a family enveloped within the protective arm of the law, is a gift from the Auxiliary to Harris County and stands in the downtown Juvenile Justice Center. A small replica of the sculpture, a maquette, is presented to the awardee.
The 2017 Leon Jaworski Award presentation will take place on March 8, 2017.