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Israeli Group Honored for Legal Innovation

The College of Law Practice Management this week named Israel's New Family Organization as winner of its 2009 InnovAction Award. This year for the first time, the COLPM also named the winner of an Honorable Mention, the New York-based legal services provider Practical Law Company.

(By way of disclaimer, I should mention here that I was recently elected a fellow in the COLPM and am slated to be inducted as such at its annual meeting in September, where these award winners will also be recognized.)

The InnovAction awards recognize outstanding innovation in the delivery of legal services. COLPM's blog explains why it selected New Family Organization for the award:

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 2 million people in Israel who are subject to discrimination due to family status, New Family’s achievements have been invaluable.

Of its Honorable Mention awarded to Practical Law Company, COLPM's blog said:

Practical Law Company (PLC) is changing the way business lawyers work. It employ attorneys with significant experience practicing with the world’s leading law firms and legal departments (e.g. Davis Polk, Skadden, Pfizer, Sullivan & Cromwell) 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.

This year's award committee is chaired by Jordan Furlong, editor of the Canadian Bar Association magazine National and author of the blog Law21. While these two top winners deserve congratulations, it is worth reading the descriptions of all the award entries. (The COLPM blog has descriptions of them all but only some are tagged as award entries, meaning you'll have to scroll through recent posts to find the others.) They demonstrate in a variety of ways that innovation is alive and well within the legal profession.

Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on July 31, 2009 at 01:55 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

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