For the fifth straight year, the InnovAction Awards have recognized outstanding innovation in the delivery of legal services, demonstrating to the legal community what can happen when passionate professionals, with big ideas and strong convictions, resolve to create effective change. The InnovAction Awards were initiated in 2004 by the College of Law Practice Management, an organization formed to honor and recognize distinguished law practice management professionals.
The receipient of the award was The New Family Organization which was selected for its Family, Justice and Law initiative. "Advocate Irit Rosenblum broke fresh ground defending a universal right to family as intrinsic to the practice of law. Rosenblum pioneered a new sphere of legal rights surrounding the family based on the conviction that the rights to marry, divorce, have children, bequeath and inherit assets, and conduct family life are human rights and must be attainable to all regardless of faith, nationality, sexual orientation or status. She founded New Family to fill a critical gap in the practice of law in Israel: to attain the right of every individual to establish a family and to exercise equal rights within it. For the two million people in Israel who are subject to discrimination due to family status, New Family’s achievements have been invaluable."
For the first time in 2009, there was also an InnovAction Honorable Mention which was awarded to Practical Law Company, Inc. for creating efficiency for business lawyers. "Practical Law Company (PLC) is changing the way business lawyers work. It employs attorneys with significant experience practicing with the world’s leading law firms and legal departments (e.g., Davis Polk, Skadden, Sullivan & Cromwell, Pfizer) to provide practical, up-to-date resources that help business lawyers practice more efficiently and provide greater value to clients. PLC provides the practical, generic level of information needed by all business lawyers that allows them to get up to speed quickly, stop reinventing the wheel, and focus on client- and firm-specific work. It launched its first US services in December 2008 to wide market acceptance. PLC began in the UK in 1990."
The awards will be presented on Saturday, September 26, at a special session during the 2009 Futures Conference held in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the College of Law Practice Management in Denver, Colorado. For additional information on the 2009 award recipients and the nomination process, visit InnovAction's site.
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