The College of Law Practice Management (COLPM), an international organization that recognizes excellence in law practice management, is calling for entries for its 2013 InnovAction Awards, a worldwide recognition of lawyers, law firms, law departments and other legal service providers that have innovated and successfully applied new business practices to the delivery of legal services. Since the award’s inception in 2004, 22 InnovAction award winners have been crowned including 15 law firms as well as law schools, not-for-profits and legal service providers. Submissions for the 2013 InnovAction Awards will be accepted until June 30, 2013.

The goal of the InnovAction Awards is to demonstrate to the legal community what can be created when dedicated professionals with big ideas and strong convictions are determined to make a difference. Any individual lawyer or law firm (locally or globally), or any business providing services to lawyers, law firms or consumers of legal services, is eligible to submit an award application. Recipients of the 2012 InnovAction Awards include Littler Mendelson and Seyfarth Shaw. Prior winners are listed in the InnovAction Hall of Fame.

“The InnovAction Award recognizes creativity as well as genuine and disruptive ways of thinking when it comes to legal services delivery worldwide,” said COLPM President Ron Staudt. “We know that innovation fuels solutions that help solve the business challenges faced by law firms and legal professionals and are proud to recognize those at the forefront of this change.”

All award entries are reviewed and judged by a panel of five COLPM Fellows. This year, a past InnovAction Award winner will join the judging panel plus the legal community will vote online to serve as the seventh judge. This crowd-sourcing component will allow legal professionals to participate and vote for their favorite submission online.

InnovAction Award entries will be judged on the following four primary criteria:

Disruption: Does this entry change an important element of the legal services process for the better, and marketplace expectations along with it?
Value: Is the client and/or legal industry better off, in terms of the affordability, ease, relevance or its effect on legal services?
• Effectiveness: Has this entry delivered real, demonstrable or measurable benefits, for the provider, its clients, or the marketplace generally?
• Originality: Is this a novel idea or approach, or a new twist on an existing idea or approach?

Further information about the awards, past winners, eligibility rules, sponsorship information and entry forms are available at the InnovAction Award website