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Rewards of the Federal Chamber of Lawyers

One of the goals of the Federal Chamber of Lawyers is encouraging the most creative and professional colleagues who demonstrate excellent examples of advocate’s art and loyalty to corporate traditions.

The incentives applied by the Federal Chamber of Lawyers are honorable distinctions for advocates who provide professional legal assistance to individuals and legal entities, and protecting their rights and legal interests.

The rewards of the Federal Chamber of Lawyers are: the order “For Fidelity to Advocate’s Duty”, 1st and 2nd class medals “For Merits in Protection of Civil Rights and Freedoms”,  certificate of honor, as well as other rewards: commemorative medal, diploma, recognition letter. 

Rewards are given for professional achievements of a person who has the advocate’s status and demonstrates high professional capacity in the protection of rights, freedoms and legal interests of clients; active participation in the protection of legal interests, honor and dignity of advocates, their social and professional rights; a significant contribution to the preparation of personnel, instructing them on the advocate’s profession and ethics of advocate’s activity; active participation in the organization of the bar’s activity in the Russian Federation; scientific and research activity related to the Bar. 

The order “For Fidelity to the Advocate’s Duty” is awarded to persons possessing the advocate’s status and a continuous record of advocate’s activity of at least twenty years. 

The 1st class medal “For Merits in Protecting Civil Rights and Freedoms” is awarded to lawyers with a continuous record of advocate’s activity of at least fifteen years. The 2nd class medal “For Merits in Protecting Civil Rights and Freedoms” is awarded to lawyers with a continuous record of advocate’s activity of at least ten years.

On extraordinary occasions the Council of the Federal Chamber of Lawyers can award an order or a medal to an advocate for especially outstanding achievements in advocate’s activity or in the development of the Russian Bar regardless of their record of work. 

The 1st and 2nd class medal “For Merits in Protecting Civil Rights and Freedoms”, as well as the commemorative medal, diploma, certificate of honor or recognition letter can also be awarded to foreign citizens, organizations and public associations of lawyers for the contribution to the development of the Russian Bar or international cooperation between lawyers, as well as active participation in human rights activities.

The order “For Fidelity to the Advocate’s Duty” is worn on the right side of the chest below the national awards of the Russian Federation.

The 1st and 2nd class medal “For Merits in Protection of Civil Rights and Freedoms” is worn on the left side of the chest below the national awards of the Russian Federation.  And order and medal of the same class is not awarded twice.  Commemorative medals and diplomas are awarded to legal practices and regional bar chambers of the Russian Federation.

 To celebrate the anniversary of the Russian Bar, the Federal Chamber of Lawyers established a lapel pin and table decoration “150 Years of the Russian Bar”.

The lapel pin is awarded to advocates (including those with a suspended status) for dedicated service to the cause of protecting human and civil rights and freedoms, flawless business reputation, long-term and effective work in advocates’ self-governance bodies, participation in the improvement of legislation on advocate’s activity and the Bar and the Code of professional conduct of an advocate, a significant contribution to legal education of personnel, as well as science and research activities connected with the Bar.

The table decoration is awarded to state officials, social and political figures, as well as legal scientists, journalists and cultural workers for a significant contribution to the development of the Bar and human rights activities in the Russian Federation.

The lapel pin is issued in the amount of 2000 pieces, the table decoration – in the amount of five hundred pieces. Each decoration has its unique number. 

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