Call for 2019 InnovAction Award entries now open!

Innovation in the practice of law and the delivery of legal services is happening. A lot. And the pace of innovation is accelerating. From artificial intelligence to practice management software to documents online and more. Real people—not just lawyers—are using their creativity to make a mark in the legal profession. The InnovAction Awards celebrate and recognize the best innovations in the practice of law management and the delivery of legal services. The College of Law Practice Management oversees the InnovAction Awards.

The College’s mission is to honor and recognize distinguished law practice management professionals, to set standards of achievement for others in the profession, to fund and assist projects that enhance the highest quality of law practice management, and to act as a catalyst for positive change within the legal profession including the encouragement of diversity and inclusion throughout the profession.

The InnovAction Award entries are judged based on the following criteria:

  • Originality: Is this a novel idea or approach or a new twist on an existing idea or approach? Novel does not mean “new to your firm.” The focus is on change in the legal services industry.

  • Disruption: Does this entry change an important element or established practice 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 effect of legal services? It is law departments? Clients generally or a subject of clients? Law firms? Lawyers generally? Others?

  • Effectiveness: Has this entry delivered real, demonstrable or measurable benefits, for the provider, its clients, or the marketplace generally? The judges are keenly interested in performance metrics. What change or outcome was expected? And importantly, what results were obtained?

  • Time frame: Action must have taken place within no more than three years prior to this entry. Please include dates!


Any individual lawyer or law firm, practicing anywhere in the world, or any business providing services to lawyers, law firms or consumers are eligible. An individual lawyer or law 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.

Organizations employing members of the Board of Trustees of the College of Law Practice Management or members of the InnovAction Award Selection Committee are ineligible for consideration.


If you have any questions about the InnovAction Awards, please contact either:

Patrick J. Lamb
InnovAction Chair
ElevateNext Law

Debbie Curtis-O’Connell
College of Law Practice Management

See the Hall of Fame of past InnovAction Award winners here.

For more information and to apply for a 2019 InnovAction Award, click here.