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Above the Law’s Third Annual Holiday Card Contest

We are pleased and proud to announce Above the Law’s third annual law firm holiday card contest. This happy, heartwarming feature is a Christmastime favorite, as beloved as figgy pudding. It’s the perfect cure for the bonus season blues.

For the past two years, Biglaw and small firms have duked it out for the distinction of having the best Christmas card. Last year’s honors went to a small firm: Proctor Heyman, the Delaware corporate litigation and counseling boutique. In the inaugural holiday card contest, a large firm prevailed: Akin Gump (which recently announced its bonuses, at least in New York).

We’ve already received several emails asking about when this year’s contest would start. The answer is: it starts today!

Read on — and read carefully — for the official contest rules….

1. Because we are committed to the environment here at Breaking Media, we will consider ONLY E-CARDS. You can certainly send us paper holiday cards via snail mail — our address is Above the Law / Breaking Media, 611 Broadway, Suite 907D, New York, NY 10012 — but they won’t be considered for this contest.

2. To submit an e-card, please email either a link to the card or the card itself (as an attachment) — but note that WE PREFER LINKS, if available — to tips@abovethelaw.com, subject line: “Holiday Card Contest.” The subject line is very important because it’s how we will comb through our inbox to collect the entries when picking finalists. If you don’t use the correct subject line, expect a lump of coal in your stocking.

3. Please limit submissions to holiday / Christmas cards that you view as WORTHY CONTENDERS. We’re looking for cards that are unusually clever, funny, or cool; we’re not interested in cards that are safe (e.g., a beautiful winter landscape, a “Happy Holidays 2011,” and the law firm name). We’re seeking cards with some attitude, with that extra je ne sais quoi. If you send us a banal card, don’t be surprised if we make fun of it.

4. In your email, please include a BRIEF EXPLANATION of why this card is compelling. If you can’t offer an explanation, please rethink whether the card is a worthy contender (see rule #3, supra).

5. The deadline for submissions is one week from today: WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 21, at 11:59 PM (New York time). No exceptions. If you’re reading this post after the deadline, then you don’t read Above the Law frequently enough.

We look forward to your submissions. Thanks, and Happy Holidays!

UPDATE (12/22/2011): We invite you to review and vote on the finalists.

Earlier: ATL Holiday Card Contest (2010): The Winner!
ATL Holiday Card Contest (2010): The Finalists!
Above the Law’s Second Annual Holiday Card Contest (2010)
ATL Contest: Akin Gump Has the Coolest Holiday Card (2009)
ATL Contest: Holiday Card Coolness (2009)

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