We are pleased to announce the 11th annual LTN Innovation Awards competition. Legal technologists are often "unsung heroes" within their organizations; these awards recognize and honor their leadership, and hopefully inspire our community to continue to create better, faster, and cheaper technologies that help our profession and those we serve.
The six 2013 categories are:
• CIO/IT Director of the Year. This award recognizes the CIO or IT director who displayed innovation, creativity, perseverance, vision, leadership, and sometimes even courage, leading their organization. The award need not be associated with a specific project (but can be), and can recognize long-term accomplishments.
• IT Champion of the Year. This award recognizes a lawyer or executive who has been instrumental in helping her or his legal organization (and/or its clients/constituents) adopt, improve, accept, embrace, or envision legal technology. This typically is someone who is not directly involved in the creation or implementation of the technology; rather a catalyst who helps the organization innovate its technology. Examples: An executive committee member who convinces recalcitrant lawyers to embrace a complex project that will change their workflow. A CFO who works with IT to design an important financial analysis project and fights to get the required department budget increases to execute the project.
Most Innovative Use of Technology in:
• Law Firm (100+ attorneys).
• Law Firm (< 100 attorneys).
• A Corporation or Government Agency.
• A Pro Bono Project.
For these awards, we are looking for vision, perseverance, and a steady hand guiding the technology development. In all categories, the entries should a) identify the problem/challenge/opportunity; b) explain the process of resolving the issue; c) document how the technology helped accomplish the goals, and d) detail future related plans. It is always helpful to include information about how the organization overcame obstacles during the process. Entries may also address the use of technology in a trial, arbitration, settlement conference, etc. Please do not submit an application in these categories for simply installing a vendor’s software. That can be a component of an entry, but winning entries need to assert true innovation — how did the organization recognize a problem or an opportunity, and show creativity and innovation in addressing it. For these categories, projects must have been completed no earlier than August 1, 2012.