We’ve all experienced that feeling of awe as we watch another lawyer make his case in a courtroom or meeting. There is a moment when you realize “this guy is really good,” and your brain begins to analyze what he is doing to make his argument so effective and how you can put some of those strategies to work in your legal career. Whether it is the attention to detail that grabs you or the passion conveyed when making the case, some lawyers clearly lead by example.
Each year, the Indiana Lawyer recognizes and honors members of the legal profession who have demonstrated leadership in the practice of law. Because success is achieved in stages, Leadership in Law awards are categorized by years of practice.
The Up-and-Coming Lawyer award takes notice of young attorneys who have been practicing seven 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 Distinguished Barrister award honors lawyers who have practiced law 15 years or more. As the name implies, these are lawyers whose work the community respects and who young lawyers aspire to emulate. As with the up-and-coming category, 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 admire. Time is limited, and I realize that when it comes to discretionary projects like completing a nomination form, while our intentions are good, our follow-through can fall short. But there is something about the feeling derived from taking the time – or making the time – to do something like this that is so satisfying. It has been my experience with the Leadership in Law awards that the nomination process is sometimes as rewarding to the person submitting the nomination as receiving the award is to the honoree.
More information about the Leadership in Law nomination process can be found at www.theindianalawyer.com/submit-leadership-in-law. You will be asked to complete a nomination form that includes providing a narrative explaining why you believe this lawyer deserves to be recognized. We hope that the online format will make this process efficient and effective. A form can be printed from the IL website and nominations mailed or delivered to the IL offices as well. 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 Leadership in Law nominations is Jan. 15, 2013. If you have questions or would like additional information, please contact me at 317-472-5233 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The Indiana Lawyer looks forward to honoring another group of up-and-coming lawyers and distinguished barristers in 2013!•