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ALL SUBMISSIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15, 2017.


Lawyers in New Jersey do extraordinary work.

Traditionally, the Law Journal has taken stock of professional excellence at various points throughout the year—from attorneys we see as the profession’s future, to those who have made illustrious careers in the law, to the law firm and in-house practice groups who prove themselves most formidable in a challenging marketplace.

In 2017, to engender what we believe will be a true celebration of all the New Jersey legal community has to offer, we have decided this year to roll all the recognitions into a single award cycle.

As always, the Law Journal editorial staff will be engaged in its own research and due diligence, but we invite submissions in the following categories. Please access the related links for more information, and read and follow all instructions carefully:

Individual Recognitions

New Leaders of the Bar—Attorneys yet to reach the age of 40 who bring both notable achievements and outstanding potential to the table. (Download form here).

Distinguished Leaders—Strong leaders are hard to come by. This award recognizes those lawyers who achieved impressive results in the past year and demonstrated clear leadership skills in the process. Send a brief letter introducing the candidate, and explaining why he or she is a distinguished leader based on the year’s accomplishments.

Lifetime AchievementRecognizing a single attorney who has left a mark on the profession through consistent excellence in his or her career. Send a brief letter introducing the candidate, and explaining why he or she deserves the recognition.

Attorney of the YearThe name speaks for itself, but the ideal candidate will have made his or her mark on the profession, and in the law, with an achievement that goes beyond service to the client. These achievements should have come within the preceding year. Send a brief letter introducing the candidate, and explaining why he or she made the greatest impact of all during the year.

Group Recognitions

Legal Departments of the Year—In-house counsel’s chance to share the preceding year’s outstanding achievements in outside counsel management, technology, pro bono and community service, general excellence, and more. (Download form here). Nominations of others are welcome, too—and shall remain anonymous.

Litigation Departments of the Year—Law firms, tell us why your litigation groups excelled in the preceding year. (Download form here). Nominations of others are welcome, too—and shall remain anonymous.

How to Submit

Please take note of submission requirements for each specific recognition, as they do vary. All nominations will remain anonymous. Submissions may be sent—with the relevant form or attachment—to Juliette Gillespie at jgillespie@alm.com, with the word “Submission,” the candidate’s name, and the relevant category in the email subject line (e.g. Submission—Jane Doe—NEW LEADERS OF THE BAR).

ALL SUBMISSIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15, 2017.

Winners for the various recognitions will be announced in the coming months, leading up to publication of our awards magazines and our Professional Excellence event, slated for mid-2017. Details will follow as the time draws nearer.

So please don’t delay. The review process that follows will be arduous but, as we’ve said before, it’s rewarding. We sincerely look forward to it.