The National Law Journal’s Legal Awards in Professional Excellence dinner held at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. on November 9, 2017.

The National Law Journal is seeking nominations for our Washington D.C. Legal Departments of the Year Awards.  The Legal Departments of the Year contest recognizes the Washington D.C. region’s top in-house departments in up to six distinct categories: In-House Legal Department of the Year, Outside Counsel Management, Major Deals/Litigation, Diversity, Pro Bono and Community Service and Corporate Compliance.  To qualify, the departments must be led by lawyers from the Washington D.C. metro area.

The deadline for submissions is May 8.

To submit a nomination, please click here.

The awards are based on success stories: how a given corporate counsel’s office, regardless of its size, came up with innovative programs, used ingenuity to solve problems or surmounted a scarcity of resources and still delivered a high quality of client service.

Entry essays should be no more than 500 words. And please include Law Department Information, as detailed below, to accompany each submission. Each entrant can apply for as many of the six categories as they wish, with a separate essay to accompany each category submission.

Among the general questions you should try address in your entry:

  • What makes your legal department special? Tell us how your department stands out from the crowd.
  • Have you faced any litigation challenges in the last year? If so, tell us about them.
  • How have you managed outside counsel?
  • Have you closed major transactions this year? If so, tell us about them.
  • Do you have significant pro bono programs?
  • Is your legal department diverse? How do you promote and achieve diversity?

To submit a nomination, please click here.

If you have any questions about the nomination process, please contact Recognition Desk manager Pearl Wu at pwu@alm.com.