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The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) is the world's largest organization serving the professional and business interests of attorneys who practice in the legal departments of corporations, associations, nonprofits and other private-sector organizations around the globe.

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Summary: Awarded to the government lawyer who has shown highest excellence beyond the expectations in the provision of legal services, leadership, overall contribution, and knowledge of their government department.

Eligibility: In-house lawyers working within a federal, state or local government, statutory body, regulatory or policy environment. 

Judging Criteria

  • Demonstrated excellence in the provision of legal services and the management of legal resources - preferably supported by senior management in the public sector.
  • Provision of outstanding leadership or direction in area/s of law or law-related management practised by in-house lawyers.
  • Significant positive contribution to the development, enhancement, or success of their employer (for example, pro bono work or innovative practice measures).
  • Demonstrated ability to develop knowledge of legal matters or law not previously practiced - or acknowledged thought leadership of a particular area of the law.

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Timeframes

 
Nominations Open Tuesday 20 July 2021
Nominations Close Friday 3 September 2021
Finalists Announced Monday 20 September 2021
Finalist Submissions Due Thursday 7 October 2021
Awards Ceremony Monday 8 November 2021

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