InnovAction Awards 2013 Call for Entries

COLPM LogoI'm pleased to announce the call for entries for the 2013 InnovAction Awards, a program I'm chairing once again.  The InnovAction Awards, conducted annually by the College of Law Practice Management, is a world-wide search for lawyers, law firms, law departments and others in the legal services field that have invented or successfully applied new business practices to the delivery of legal services.  The goal of the InnovAction Awards is to demonstrate to the legal community what can be created when dedicated professionals with big ideas and strong convictions are determined to make a difference. Who Should Apply?

Loyal readers from the law firm, law department and legal service provider ranks, take a look at your own organization's offerings, products, services or businesses practices. What approaches have you employed this year that have produced fantastic results?  What efforts have resulted in higher client satisfaction, generated more leads, provided a substantial number of people with access to justice, improved efficiency, improved quality, generated a buzz, positioned your organization for future success, developed stronger leadership, leveraged existing knowledge or opened new markets for your services?  Innovation can take many forms.  You can read about the winners here and browse the Hall of Fame to learn more about past Award recipients.

What are the Judging Criteria?

  • Disruption: does this entry change an important element of the legal services process for the better, and marketplace expectations along with it?
  • Value: is the client and/or legal industry better off because of this entry, in terms of the affordability, ease, relevance or its effect on legal services?
  • Effectiveness: has this entry delivered real, demonstrable or measurable benefits, for the provider, its clients, or the marketplace generally?
  • Originality: is this a novel idea or approach, or a new twist on an existing idea or approach?

Who's Eligible?

Any individual lawyer or law firm, practicing anywhere in the world, or any business providing services to lawyers, law firms or consumers of legal services, is eligible. An individual or firm may submit more than one entry so long as they are not duplicative.

 Only entries submitted in accordance with these instructions will be considered. We reserve the right to disqualify, at any time, any and all entries that do not comply with these instructions. All entries and supporting documents are subject to verification. Once submitted, entries become the property of the College of Law Practice Management and will not be returned. All entrants must be willing for their entries to be the subject of articles published in legal and business media. All entrants must be available for interviews and provide requested information in connection with verification of entries to The College of Law Practice Management. Any entrant who fails to comply with the foregoing will be disqualified.

Law firms employing members of the Board of Trustees of the College of Law Practice Management or members of the InnovAction Award Selection Committee will be ineligible for consideration.

How Do I Apply?

The deadline for submissions is June 30, 2013.  Interested in the nominations process?  Visit the How to Enter page to learn more.  Click here to download the 2013 InnovAction Awards application.