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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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ACC presents a variety of annual awards honoring the exceptional contributions of networks, network members, and sponsors.

Network Award Categories

  • Network of the Year Award

    The ACC Network of the Year Award recognizes networks and their leaders for outstanding efforts and achievements. One network from the small category (up to 3,000 members) and one network from the large category (3,001+ members) will be recognized for excellence in collaboration efforts, development of resources, global initiatives, leadership development, membership engagement, programs, special projects, and overall accomplishments.

    Network of the Year submissions should address all judging criteria listed below, including the "Additional Questions for Network of the Year Submissions." Networks are encouraged to attach a strategic plan, sample communications to current and new members, newsletters, meeting minutes, or additional materials supporting your network's programs.Networks that have earned Network of the Year for two consecutive years are not eligible to submit an application for one year following the two-year winning streak. Network of the Year Awards will be announced and presented at the ACC Annual Meeting. Winners will receive one free registration to the ACC Annual Meeting to be assigned at the chair's discretion.

    All nominations for the Network of the Year must be received by Monday, June 20, 2022. Submissions must be limited to 25 pages, including exhibits. Materials and activities beginning July 1, 2021 - June 30, 2022 will be considered for the award. Activities occurring outside of this time frame will not be considered.

    Note: Eligibility is only given to networks whose sponsors who are up-to-date with all the prior year's resources.

  • Network Achievement Awards

    The Network Achievement Awards recognize networks and their leaders for achieving objective benchmarks associated with a successful network. The Network Achievement Awards provide networks with a score for accomplishing measurable results in the areas of membership engagement, program development, leadership organization and engagement, resource development, and Annual Meeting participation. Networks earning a score of 1400 will achieve Gold Status, while networks earning 1300 points will achieve Silver status. All networks meeting the minimum requirements are encouraged to apply for Gold or Silver status.

    Network Achievement Award submissions should address all questions outlined in the scoring guide. Networks are encouraged to attach a strategic plan and/or additional materials supporting your network's programs. Achievement Award winners will be announced at the ACC Annual Meeting.

    All nominations for the Network Achievement Awards must be received by Monday, June 20, 2022. Submissions must be limited to 25 pages, including exhibits. Materials and activities beginning July 1, 2021 - June 30, 2022 will be considered for the award. Activities occurring outside of this time frame will not be considered.

  • Jonathan S. Silber Outstanding Network Member of the Year Award

    This award recognizes participation in network leadership, contributions to recruitment and participation, efforts in developing network programs and resources; contributions to ACC/in-house practice, and contributions to the community through volunteer work or pro bono activities.

    Download Judging Criteria and Nomination Form

    All nominations for the Jonathan S. Silber Outstanding Network Member of the Year Award must be received by Monday, June 20, 2022. Submissions must be limited to 25 pages, including exhibits. Materials and activities beginning July 1, 2021 - June 30, 2022 will be considered for the award. Activities occurring outside of this time frame will not be considered.

  • Network Sponsor of the Year Award

    This award recognizes firms that have provided exceptional support to an ACC network, including assistance with a network’s quality of programs and development, and helping a network meet its goals.

    Download Judging Criteria and Nomination Form

    All nominations for the Network Sponsor of the Year Award must be received by Monday, June 20, 2022. Submissions must be limited to 25 pages, including exhibits. Materials and activities beginning January 1, 2021 - June 30, 2022 will be considered for the award. Activities occurring outside of this time frame will not be considered.

    Note: Eligibility is only given to sponsors who are up-to-date with all the prior year's resources.

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