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ATL’s 2011 Lawyer of the Year: Nominations Needed

With just two weeks left in the year 2011, we thought that now would be a good time to ask you, our loyal readers, to submit your nominations for Above the Law’s fifth annual LAWYER OF THE YEAR competition.

We’ll be running the show just like we’ve done it in the past: you submit your nominees (in the comments to this post), we’ll review them and pick a slate of finalists, and then you’ll vote on them in a reader poll.

The winner will be bestowed with the glorious, honorific title of ATL’s Lawyer of the Year for 2011.

So, what are the criteria for nominations? We’ll break it down for you….

As we noted in last year’s call for nominations:

What are the criteria for being our Lawyer of the Year? Since you’re doing the nominating and voting, it’s really up to you….

You can nominate a LOTY based on whatever reasoning you choose — e.g., because the lawyer in question is influential, infamous, awesome, or awful.

By way of example, last year’s LOTY nominees included lawyers from all four of these categories. The group included the likes of Elena Kagan (influential), Jack Camp (infamous), Patrick Lynch and Kyle McEntee (awesome), and Andrew Shirvell (just plain awful).

Winners of the title in the past have ranged from the leaders of Law School Transparency in 2010, Justice Sonia Sotomayor in 2009, President Barack Obama in 2008, and Loyola 2L in 2007. While most of our winners have come from the serious side of the ledger, every year is different, and anything is possible when it comes to the nominees for the Lawyer of the Year title.

As evidenced by Loyola 2L’s presence on the list of winners past, not all nominees need to be famous, and not all nominees need to be named. Our readers can feel free to nominate anonymous individuals (but historically, most winners of the illustrious LOTY title have been named).

We have only three things to ask of you before the nominations begin to roll in:

  • Please try to nominate actual lawyers.
  • Please try to nominate lawyers who are still living.
  • Please submit all nominations in the comments to this post.

The comments are now open, so let the nominations begin! We look forward to reading your thoughts and insights on the potential candidates for ATL’s Lawyer of the Year for 2011.

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