The James Keane Memorial Award for Excellence in eLawyering is awarded every year at the ABA TECHSHOW (March 29-31, 2012, Chicago, Illinois). James Keane was the founding Chair of the ABA/LPM eLawyering Task Force., which grants the Award.
Last year the Award was given to the Legal Aid Society of Orange County for their Legal Genie Project. Another recipient was Stephanie Kimbro for her pioneering work in developing the virtual law firm concept at KimbroLaw.
The purpose of the award is to recognize law firms, private or public, that demonstrate innovative ways of using Internet technology to deliver legal services. Nominees may be any individual lawyer, law firm, or other deliver of legal services to individuals within the United States. The nominees can be a large or small law firm, public or private, or a legal services agency. Self nomination by the Task Force is encouraged.
Here is a summary of the Award criteria:
- Absence of precedent – Never been done or done quite this way before.
- Evidence of action – The innovative idea was transformed into action and not merely reflective of best intentions. The nominee should be prepared to provide evaluation data that documents the effectiveness of the legal service in terms of client satisfaction, revenue enhancement, and/or law productivity. The nomination must provide an analysis of the measures used to define success.
- Effectiveness of innovation – There is some measurable outcome that would indicate that the innovation is accomplishing what it was intended to do.
- The project must demonstrate the use of the Internet to deliver legal services.
- 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.
The application deadline is February 15, 2012.