ILTA's Distinguished Peer Awards

ILTA's 2021
Distinguished Peer Awards

online awards presentation: 25 January 2022

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New this year

Starting this year, we are giving the ILTA Distinguished Peer Awards their own time to shine, apart from the wonderful, but oh so busy, ILTACON conference. Why? With so much going on at the conference, it was hard to give our community’s amazing achievements the attention they deserve.

We're introducing some exciting new awards and keeping some of our previous awards as well. We will have TWO Lifetime Achievement Awards — one for a Business Partner and one for a Member! We’ve added an award specifically for our Corporate Legal Department members, updated the small firm award to (hopefully) be more relevant, and added a new collaboration award for a joint venture between a member and a business partner. Finally, we have updated a few awards presented in previous years. Just click on “THE AWARDS” at the top of this page to see full descriptions.

We’re excited to learn about what you’ve accomplished over the past 12 months. So, start thinking now about who you might want to nominate, including yourself or your own team.

Individual Awards

These awards focus on individuals who work at ILTA member law firms or law departments, or at business partners, and who demonstrate exceptional accomplishments and leadership within their organizations.

Organization Awards

These awards focus on Member entities and recognize team excellence at ILTA at member law firms and law departments.

Business Partner Awards

These awards focus on business partners and recognize superior achievements in innovation by ILTA business partners and consultants.

Collaboration Award

This award is intended for a collaborative effort between an ILTA Member entity and an ILTA Business Partner or Consultant focused on a ground-breaking new technology.

Recognition List

The recognition list is intended to recognize our Young Professionals (under 40 years old) in all segments of the ILTA community who inspire others, have demonstrated exceptional accomplishments to date and, critically, show great promise for the future.

Individual Awards

These awards focus on individuals who work at ILTA member law firms or law departments, or at business partners, and who demonstrate exceptional accomplishments and leadership within their organizations.

The Lifetime Achievement Award – ILTA Member is intended to recognize a career exemplifying the most impactful achievements and the highest standards of personal conduct. The recipient of this award should have achieved a record of contributions to the legal sector that far exceeds expectations and provides a model and inspiration for participation and involvement by others. Such a record will be demonstrated over an extended period of time in a number of different positions or capacities. The Lifetime Achievement Award is a record of achievement that demonstrates an individual’s capacity for vision, innovation, collaboration, and motivation of others.

CRITERIA:

  • Outstanding accomplishments in legal tech over an extended period (20 + years)
  • A career dedicated to fairness and equality
  • A model for others
  • Evidence of volunteerism and giving back
  • Recognition as a standard-setter in the community

The Lifetime Achievement Award – ILTA Business Partner is intended to recognize a career exemplifying the most impactful achievements and the highest standards of personal conduct. The recipient of this award should have achieved a record of contributions to the legal sector that far exceeds expectations and provides a model and inspiration for participation and involvement by others. Such a record will be demonstrated over an extended period of time in a number of different positions or capacities. The Lifetime Achievement Award is a record of achievement that demonstrates an individual’s capacity for vision, innovation, collaboration, and motivation of others.

CRITERIA:

  • Outstanding accomplishments in legal tech over an extended period (20 + years)
  • A career dedicated to fairness and equality
  • A model for others
  • Evidence of volunteerism and giving back
  • Recognition as a standard-setter in the community

The Innovative Leader of the Year Award is intended to recognize an outstanding achievement by an individual maximizing the value of an innovative technology in support of legal professionals.

CRITERIA:

  • Innovative and creative approaches that contribute to the legal profession
  • Outstanding achievement maximizing the value of innovative technology
  • Proactively planning and successfully implementing an innovative idea
  • Open-minded and motivated leader

Organization Awards

These awards focus on Member entities and recognize team excellence at ILTA at member law firms and law departments.

The Transformative Project of the Year Award is intended to recognize an ILTA member entity with 100 or more lawyers for their achievement in planning and successfully implementing a transformative project.

CRITERIA:

  • A project that brings about systematic change
  • A record of the planning and successful implementation of the project
  • A model for re-engineering in the legal industry

The Impactful Initiative of the Year Award is intended to recognize ILTA law firm organizations with less than 100 lawyers that had an undeniable positive impact on the Firm.

CRITERIA:

  • An initiative that had a profound impact on the Firm. This could include (but not be limited to):
       — Increased productivity
       — Greater efficiencies
       — Significant cost savings
       — Automating previously manual processes
       — Increased opportunities for collaboration
       — Resulted in a significant improvement in client service
  • A record of the planning and successful implementation of the project

The Impactful Initiative of the Year Award is intended to recognize ILTA Corporate Legal Department Members for an initiative that had a significant impact on the organization.

CRITERIA:

  • An initiative that had a profound impact on the corporate legal department. This could include (but not be limited to):
       — Increased productivity
       — Greater efficiencies
       — Significant cost savings
       — Process improvement
       — Diversity
       — Adjustments to mitigate the impact of the pandemic
       —Use of technology to produce better results
  • A record of the planning and successful implementation of the project
  • A member organization with the entity type of Corporate Legal Department

Business Partner Awards

These awards focus on business partners and recognize superior achievements in innovation by ILTA business partners and consultants.

The Solution Provider of the Year Award is intended to recognize an individual Business Partner or a Business Partner company for outstanding achievements and exceptional advancement of a software or technology solution.

CRITERIA:

  • Has developed a software or technology solution with applicability in the legal tech space
  • Demonstrates successful adoption of the solution within law firms/legal departments
  • Culture of continued innovation and adaptation to needs of clients
  • Great customer service

The Consultant of the Year Award is intended to recognize a consultant or consulting company that has had outstanding achievements in the provision of technology services within the legal environment. The awardee can be an individual Business Partner, or a Business Partner company partnered with a firm to help maximize their technological software/hardware investment and successfully meet their business needs.

CRITERIA:

  • Trusted consultant within the legal tech space
  • Demonstrated commitment to the use of technology to solve problems within the legal community
  • Great customer service

Collaboration Award

This award is intended for a collaborative effort between an ILTA Member entity and an ILTA Business Partner or Consultant focused on a ground-breaking new technology.

The Trailblazer Award is designed to recognize a collaborative initiative between a member entity and a business partner entity. This collaboration will take the form of an early deployment of a new product and/or service.

CRITERIA:

  • Managing risk in being an early adopter
  • Effective collaboration between customer and business partner
  • Proactively planning and successfully implementing an early adoption program
  • "Quick win" - achieving project goals quickly
  • Mapping out the next phase

Recognition List

The recognition list is intended to recognize our Young Professionals (under 40 years old) in all segments of the ILTA community who inspire others, have demonstrated exceptional accomplishments to-date and, critically, show great promise for the future.

The Young Professionals to Watch Award is intended to recognize rising young professionals (under 40) in the legal technology industry, including members, ILTA staff, press, partners, and academics. The application questions are intended to demonstrate the candidate’s achievements, professionalism, and leadership in the legal technology space. Moreover, it recognizes how the individual extended their skills to the legal community and reflected ILTA’s core values.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to Prepare for the 2021 ILTA Peer Awards

The ILTA Peer Awards nominations and applications open Monday, November 8, 2021. The submission deadline is 3 December 2021 at 11:59 PM CST, so don't delay. Further Extensions will not be granted.

Large firm, small firm, corporate, government, business partner - the chance for recognition by winning an ILTA Peer award acknowledges extraordinary achievement in the legal technology industry. Self-nominations are encouraged, or you can nominate someone else. You can’t win if you don’t apply.

Self-nominations are encouraged, or you can nominate someone else. Take a moment to browse through the categories now and think about who you know that deserves to be recognized. Note that self-nominations are NOT accepted for the Lifetime Achievement Awards. Those awards are third-party nominations only, and the nominee must accept the nomination and apply.

Those who won an award last year (2020) are not eligible to be nominated/apply for the same award category in 2021. However, 2020 winners are free to be nominated and/or apply for other categories.

The form to nominate a person or organization is short and easy to complete. Submissions close November 8, 2021 at 11:59 PM CST. Please take the application deadline into account when submitting a nomination.

Once nominations are submitted, you will be asked to complete an application, or if you are self-nominating you can go directly to the application site to complete your application.

The applications are reviewed by the award judges and a group of finalists are selected. The finalists are then interviewed by the judges and an award winner is selected.

The available awards as well as the applications have been updated for 2021, so there are new opportunities this year!

We are pleased to announce and congratulate the recipients of ILTA's 2020 Distinguished Peer Awards.