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About the Awards: National Law Journal Awards 2022

About the Awards is a new Q&A series with our editors across ALM Media Publications that aims to give readers and potential nominees insight into our judging process for awards related to ALM Recognition Events. We hope this will guide you in writing your submissions, and we will be happy to answer any additional questions you may have.

For our next column, we’ll discuss our National Law Journal awards with bureau chief Christine Schiffner, who will lead judging in all categories. For more information on the 2022 NLJ Awards competition, please visit the rewards site. The deadline for submission is July 14. You can also view submission deadlines for other upcoming ALM competitions and sign up here to receive marketing notifications.

Christine, can you tell us more about yourself?

I joined the National Law Journal as bureau chief in September last year. Covering legal issues in Washington, DC intrigues me the most because much of our coverage focuses on the intersection of law and politics. At a time when U.S. Supreme Court rulings are under constant scrutiny and the Biden administration is pushing for new regulations on a wide range of issues from ESG to cryptocurrencies and enforcement antitrust laws, I couldn’t imagine a more exciting place to cover legal news. Previously, I held newsroom management positions with various international news organizations as well as the Associated Press.

As for the National Law Journal Awards, is it a new competition?

The National Law Journal Awards began in 2017 when we first launched the NLJ Professional Excellence Awards. Since then, the competition has been a high-stakes competition between law firms in and around Washington.

I noticed that Pro Bono Hot List is not in the category list. Has something else taken its place? Will the Hot List Pro Bono be offered later this year?

The Pro Bono Hot List has been replaced by the ESG and Community Impact Leaders category to reflect the growing demand for environmental, social and governance projects. This new category could include pro bono projects, but will also be open to submissions showcasing other legal initiatives with a strong focus on community impact.

Do lawyers have to practice in DC to qualify?

National legal projects are eligible for this year’s awards, unless the category description specifically mentions DC lawyers. Please see the full listing for more details.

Will you accept arbitrations for the Winners Litigators category?

Arbitrations will not be accepted for this category.

How many entries can a company submit in each category?

Each company can submit two entries per category.

Will you accept confidential information?

Although companies may have to keep certain parts of their submission confidential, we suggest limiting these parts as much as possible as we need to be able to credibly write about any winner in as much detail as possible.

Who should be interested in submitting entries for this competition?

Law firms and attorneys who have won significant legal victories over the past 12 months, either in a jury or court trial or in a high-stakes settlement, are invited to submit award applications. Candidates will have demonstrated exceptional and innovative approaches to solving legal projects. Submissions are not limited to Am Law 200 firms.

Who judges this competition?

ALM/National Law Journal senior executives and editors will carefully review award submissions to narrow down this year’s finalists, bringing in subject matter experts from our team as needed in certain categories. All the judges have solid experience in covering legal news.

What are judges looking for?

Judges seek exceptional and innovative approaches to the practice and business of law. Excellent client outcomes, innovative approaches to service delivery, diverse teams, and work that has overcome unique challenges or used new legal theories will stand out. We want to see why hiring your firm or this lawyer was the best choice for the client. We want to see how your business goes beyond industry norms to improve society, retain top talent, change laws, or impact the legal industry and your clients’ industries.

The submission deadline for the National Law Journal Awards is July 14.

For more information on the National Law Journal Awards and other recognition event awards, please contact Pearl Wu, Recognition Event Office Manager, at [email protected].