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Leaders in Law Nomination Form

The Idaho Business Review is proud to host the Leaders in Law Awards, the special recognition program for talented legal professionals in the state of Idaho. We accept nominations from anyone in the community who knows the nominee well and can speak to their experience and accomplishments. Nominators may reach out to the nominee to get the information they need, but they may also nominate anonymously.

Honorees are selected for consistently demonstrating strong leadership, integrity, values, commitment to excellence and diversity. A panel of judges will review nominations for:

• Leadership and vision
• Competitiveness and innovation
• Community leadership and service

Nominees must be a current Idaho resident.

Nominations are due July 2021, and honorees will be announced in August 2021, at idahobusinessreview.com. A celebratory awards event will be held in November 2021.

Nominee category descriptions:

PARTNERS – Honors attorneys associated with a law firm at the level of partner for their professional achievement and whose legal or business contributions lead to the success of their client; service to the legal profession and improvement of the legal system through practice innovations, legal scholarship, advancing diversity within the profession, and maintaining and encouraging high standards of ethics; participation in professional associations; mentoring or serving as a role model; volunteer or pro bono public service; and civic or community involvement.

ASSOCIATES – Honors attorneys who are law firm associates for their professional achievements and whose legal or business or philanthropic/nonprofit contributions lead to the success of their clients; service to the legal profession and improvement of the legal system through practice innovations, legal scholarship, advancing diversity within the profession, and maintaining and encouraging high standards of ethics, participation in professional associations; mentoring or serving as a role model, volunteer or pro bono public service; and civic or community involvement.

UP & COMING LAWYERS – Honors associates with a law firm and attorneys who are in their first 10 years of practice, yet have already distinguished themselves in the practice of law, and appear poised for even greater things. These attorneys have already accumulated professional achievements and their legal or business contributions have led to the success of clients, or they have given service to the legal profession and have worked to improve the legal system through practice innovations, legal scholarship, advancing diversity within the profession, and maintaining and encouraging high standards of ethics. They participate in professional associations, mentor or serve as a role model, provide pro bono public service, and take part in civic or community involvement.

SOLE PRACTITIONERS – Honors sole practitioners for their professional achievement and whose legal or business contributions lead to the success of their client; service to the legal profession and improvement of the legal system through practice innovations, legal scholarship, advancing diversity within the profession, and maintaining and encouraging high standards of ethics; participation in professional associations; mentoring or serving as a role model; volunteer or pro bono public service; and civic or community involvement.

IN-HOUSE COUNSEL – Honors attorneys not associated with a law firm who practice in the legal departments of corporations, associations and other private-sector organizations; whose contributions lead to the success of their clients through advocacy, department management, compliance and quality initiatives, cost control and public policy activities; participation in professional associations; mentoring or serving as a role model; volunteer or pro bono public service; and civic or community involvement.

EDUCATORS – Honors professionals who teach the practice of law for providing a model of professionalism that prepares students for success in law practice, business, public service, teaching and more, and whose performance and dedication is considered exemplary by students and peers.

UNSUNG HEROES – Honors professional associations and the support staff working behind the scenes at legal offices such as paralegals, law librarian, legal secretary and clerks whose performance is considered exemplary by going above and beyond the parameters of their normal job routine.

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD – The Lifetime Achievement Award will recognize a current or former jurist who has honorably represented the legal profession by exemplifying performance, leadership, integrity, mentoring throughout his/her career while bettering the legal profession overall. Testimonial letters from colleagues, clients and the business community will be accepted for this category.

  • Please tell us how to pronounce the nominee's name on stage, if they are selected as an honoree.
    Please choose the category that best fits the nominee.
  • Please provide a brief description of the nominee's leadership style and vision for their organization. Focus especially on the nominee's philosophy for leading people and managing through tough economic times.
  • Please provide a brief description of the nominee's particular strengths in regard to competitiveness and innovation. Be as specific as possible about innovative ideas that have come to fruition under their leadership, results of the innovations and how they have helped the organization stay competitive in the marketplace.
  • Please provide a brief description of the nominee's community involvement, including board service, volunteerism and community-wide impact. Explain how the nominee has gone above and beyond to make Idaho a better place.