The New York Law Journal’s Rising Stars project recognizes the region’s most promising lawyers under 40. To qualify, the lawyers must practice in New York state, although their activities can extend beyond state borders. We are seeking attorneys from all over New York who work in law firms large and small, in public interest organizations, government, academia and in-house legal departments.

We are looking for lawyers who have wielded influence in their practice areas in New York and beyond. They should be innovators, developing unique practice niches, employing creative uses of technology, amassing robust books of business, demonstrating strong leadership qualities, showing expertise in litigation or transactional work, contributing to the improvement of their institutions, and committing themselves to pro bono, charitable and professional volunteer work.

An advisory panel of attorneys from across the state will review the applications. Rising Stars will be announced in April and will appear in a New York Law Journal special section on June 9 and be honored at an event on June 16. If you have questions, please contact Kris Fischer, editor in chief, at kfischer@alm.com.

THE SUBMISSION DEADLINE IS APRIL 1.

TO NOMINATE A RISING STAR, PLEASE SEND THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION TO WEB-EDITOR@NYLJ.COM:

1. An essay of no more than 500 words describing why the nominee should be selected.

• Describe the accomplishments during the last year that qualify the nominee for our list. What makes the nominee stand out from his or her peers?
• How has the nominee demonstrated leadership in their practice, in the workplace, or in the profession?
• Has the nominee contributed to the community through pro bono work, charitable work or public service?

2. A biography of the nominee, including

• Employer
• Title
• City and State
• Birthdate
• Education
• Legal work experience (including dates and employer names)
• Other relevant information (awards, affiliations, significant publications)

3. A high-resolution photo of the nominee.

4. Contact information for two references who can be called for an on-the-record conversation about the nominee’s legal work and accomplishments.