JEL23652-Blackford, Sheila P3 (2)  by Sheila Blackford   ©2009   The Law Practice Management Section of the American Bar Association awards the James I Keane Memorial Award in Excellence in eLawyering, annually at the ABA TechShow in Chicago. Nominations are now open for the Award to be in March, 2010. Candidates can self-nominate. Full details and requirements of this award can be found here. Do you want to nominate a colleague or yourself, there is an on-line nomination form that can be found here.

A brief summary of the James I. Keane Award criteria:
• The project or law firm must demonstrate the use of the Internet to deliver legal services.
• It must be unique. It should be an on-line legal service that has never been done before, or not quite this way before.
• Absence of precedent – Never been done or done quite this way before.
• There should be some measurable outcome that would indicate that the innovation is accomplishing what it was intended to do.
• Action must have taken place no more than three years prior to this entry, and the legal service must be operating for at least one year prior to submission of the Application.
• Additional consideration will be given to projects that focus on the delivery of legal services to individuals of moderate means.
• The nomination should describe how the service was developed, how it is managed, and how it has been evaluated.
• The nomination should describe how the service can be replicated by other law firms in terms of development costs, required technology, people requirements, and ongoing maintenance costs.

Posted by SBlackford

Sheila Blackford is an Oregon attorney who has been a practice management attorney for the Oregon State Bar Professional Liability Fund since 2005. She loves writing, riding her horse, and taking long walks with her husband and their dog.

One Comment

  1. The ABA is also seeking nominations for the 2010 Louis M. Brown Award for Legal Access, recognizing program, projects or practices that use innovation to improve access to legal services for those of moderate and middle incomes. The deadline is Dec 17. Details are at

    Will Hornsby


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