Innovation Judging Criteria

  • Originality: Is this a novel idea or approach or a new twist on an existing idea or approach? Novel does not mean “new to your firm.” The focus is on change in the legal services industry.
  • Disruption: Does this entry change an important element or established practice of the legal services process for the better, and marketplace expectations along with it?
  • Value: Is the client and/or legal industry better off because of this entry, in terms of the affordability, ease, relevance or effect of legal services? It is law departments? Clients generally or a subject of clients? Law firms? Lawyers generally? Others?
  • Effectiveness: Has this entry delivered real, demonstrable or measurable benefits, for the provider, its clients, or the marketplace generally? The judges are keenly interested in performance metrics. What change or outcome was expected? And importantly, what results were obtained?
  • Time frame: Action must have taken place within no more than three years prior to this entry. Please include dates!

Browse the Hall of Fame to learn more about past InnovAction Award recipients.


Any individual lawyer or law firm, practicing anywhere in the world, or any business providing services to lawyers, law firms or consumers is eligible. An individual lawyer or law firm may submit more than one entry so long as they are not duplicative. All entries and supporting documents are subject to verification. Once submitted, entries become the property of the College of Law Practice Management and will not be returned. All entrants must be willing for their entries to be the subject of articles published in legal and business media. All entrants must be available for interviews and provide requested information in connection with verification of entries to the College of Law Practice Management. Only entries submitted in accordance with these instructions will be considered. We reserve the right to disqualify, at any time, any and all entries that do not comply with these instructions. If submissions are not deemed significantly innovative, the College also reserves the right not to present an award. 

Organizations employing members of the Board of Trustees of the College of Law Practice Management or members of the InnovAction Award Selection Committee are ineligible for consideration.