This award recognizes outstanding achievements by committees within each of the three substantive committee groupings (Environment, Energy and Resources, and Cross Practice). A “Best Committee” in its category distinguishes itself by its strong leadership; active engagement of members, including cultivation of new committee leaders; steady production of membership benefits; successful innovation in projects or products; engagement with Section leaders and other committees; and timely fulfillment of administrative requirements. The “Best Committee” need not demonstrate the same level of success in all areas, but its strong efforts to do so merit recognition.
A “Best Communications” award recognizes a committee that has made effective use of all types of communication, including social networking, email distribution lists, SEER Connect, webinars, letters, telephone calls, collaboration with other committees, and similar outreach formats to communicate with members and deliver timely, helpful information and opportunities to participate in committee activities. Special emphasis may be placed on the committee’s efforts and achievements at “content convergence” where multiple forms of communication are used to deliver important content in a manner that fosters cross-over communications.
The “Best Articles” award recognizes a committee that has consistently produced quality articles throughout the course of the year. The nomination review committee may take into account the extent to which innovative techniques were used in generating articles. Demonstrated innovative techniques in article development include, but are not limited to, collaboration with other committees, involvement of young lawyers or law students, or publication of high-profile authors.
The “Best Program” award recognizes the most outstanding CLE or non-CLE webinar, stand-alone program, series of programs, session at a CLE conference, or committee- or section-wide program of the year. The “best program” may be distinguished by one or more of the following qualities, or others identified by nominators: innovative presentation style, timeliness in addressing a new or emerging issue, favorable feedback, high attendance, collaboration with other entities in or outside of the Section, or high-profile speakers. This award may be presented to substantive committees or special committees.
BEST OVERALL COMMITTEE:
The “Best Overall” committee is an optional award, not requiring a separate nomination, but to be chosen from the winners of the other categories. It is intended to select a committee that stands out among the top committees in each committee grouping (Environment, Energy and Resources, and Cross Practice) by virtue of its excellence in multiple areas – creation and delivery of content, development of a strong leadership team, cultivation of new leaders, a notable collaboration in or outside of the Section, and contributions to the committee’s – and thus the Section’s – capacity to serve and engage members on an ongoing basis.
The “Phoenix Award” recognizes outstanding effort to improve a committee’s performance over previous years. The winning committee will have made remarkable strides to improve committee performance in the following areas or others identified by nominators: articles, electronic communications, membership, programs, social media, or the committee’s Year in Review submission.