In 1983, the Houston Bar Association Auxiliary appointed an AD Hoc Committee to develop an award program to honor lawyers for long-time community service. After five years of planning by the committee, the first award was made in 1988. The award is named for Leon Jaworski whose life and achievements reflected a deep commitment to public service.
The 8-foot, 900-pound abstract bronze sculpture created by Pat Foley was originally dedicated and located in the Family Law Center of Harris County. After almost thirty years and the upcoming transformation of the Family Law Center, it was time to find a new home. Carmela Frels, Jane Larkin, and Sandy Norris lead the way and with the assistance of Judge Robert Schaffer and County Administrator, Clay Bowman.
Today, the original sculpture along with a plaque with each award recipient's name, are proudly placed in the Harris County Juvenile Justice Center Lobby. Addresses were made at a re-dedication ceremony by HBA President, Laura Gibson, Judge Robert Schaffer, HBAA President Wendy Dawson, and the co-chairs of the event, Carmela Frels, Jane Larkin, and Sandy Norris.