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Lucas: Send us your 2014 Leadership in Law award nominations

Kelly Lucas
July 31, 2013
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EidtPerspLucas-sigRegardless of our career paths, we’ve all experienced a moment when we’ve watched a peer in action – doing his or her job and doing it very well – and the realization came that this person truly is a role model for our respective professions. Whether the admiration you feel is the result of a big win in court and is splashed across newspapers and TV screens, or the quiet day-to-day way the person works with clients and mentors young lawyers, the Indiana Lawyer would like to recognize the work ethic and dedication that makes certain lawyers stand out.

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2014 Leadership in Law awards. Each year, IL recognizes and honors members of the legal profession who have demonstrated commitment and skill in the practice of law.

Because success is achieved in stages, our Distinguished Barrister and Up and Coming Lawyer awards are categorized by years of practice. This year, we’ve altered the categories slightly. After talking with Indiana attorneys and bar association leaders, IL determined that the revised “years of service” criteria more accurately reflect the awards and the way today’s lawyers work.

The 2014 Up and Coming Lawyer Award takes notice of young attorneys who have been practicing 10 years or less. While their careers are still developing, these are professionals whose work has made their peers, law firm partners or even legal adversaries take notice of their dedication, talent and skills. Successful nominations in past years have showcased work ethic, involvement in professional organizations, unique approaches to problem-solving, or community involvement.

The 2014 Distinguished Barrister Award honors lawyers who have practiced law 20 years or more. As the name implies, these are lawyers whose work the community respects and who young lawyers aspire to emulate. Again, the reason for nominating a person can vary – the person is a skilled legal strategist, she is a dedicated mentor to young lawyers, he is a leader in civic or bar association efforts, or the attorney’s storied career in government or social service shows society the best of what the profession offers.

I encourage you to nominate an up-and-coming lawyer or distinguished barrister who you believe is deserving of this recognition. More information about the Leadership in Law nomination criteria and submission process, online and print forms, and a list of past winners can be found at www.theindianalawyer.com/nominations.

You will be asked to complete a nomination form that includes providing a narrative explaining why you believe this lawyer deserves to be recognized. The nominee’s résumé and letters from others in the legal community supporting your nomination are welcomed. This, as well as any other anecdotal information you wish to share, assists the awards committee in its decision making.

The deadline for submitting nominations for our next group of Leadership in Law honorees is Jan. 22, 2014. If you have questions or would like additional information, please contact me at 317-472-5233 or klucas@ibj.com. The Indiana Lawyer looks forward to honoring another group of up-and-coming lawyers and distinguished barristers in 2014!•

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