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I don’t know about you, but there’s a part of the year where I get fed up with awards of all kinds-every winter I judge the National Magazine and American Business Media awards, and at the same time watch the Grammys and Academy Awards on TV. I find myself thinking of every part of daily life as if it’s an acceptance speech. What would someone say if they got an award for making the best sesame bagel in midtown? You get the picture. But there’s one awards process that I genuinely look forward to-our Best Legal Department contest. It’s not just because the gala honoring the winners is a swanky black-tie affair, and I don’t get out much. It’s more that I’ve been excited to see the contest have such an impact on in-house counsel around the country. Honestly, when I first conceived of the award a few years ago, I wasn’t sure whether any company would participate. And, if that law department did enter, whether it would answer enough questions so that we could make an informed decision. But my neuroses, for once, were wrong. This fall we’re beginning the process of figuring out the winner and runners-up for the 2008 Best Legal Department awards. We’re expanding the competition, so that all companies in the Fortune 1000 are allowed to enter. To participate, e-mail me at [email protected] , and we’ll send you a survey form. To see our coverage of the 2007 winners, click here. On another front, I’ve received several phone calls and e-mails over the last month about our new methodology for our Who Represents Corporate America survey in our September issue. The feedback I’ve gotten is that our decision to use public records to suss out the law firms-for IP, commercial litigation, corporate transactions, and labor and employment for the Fortune 250-is incomplete and unfair. Some of you have complained that the public records show only a smattering of the outside counsel that you use. Moreover, firms that keep you out of litigation, for example, never get mentioned, no matter how often you use them. These are all fair and excellent points. While we still have to work within the limits of public filings, next year we’ll look for ways to make our research more exhaustive.

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