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Entry Form: “ACLEA’s Best Publication” Awards for 2015

Best Publication Category
Deadline: May 5, 2016

Eligible Products

Eligible products include books, online research resources, CD products, action guides, etc., but NOT seminar manuals.


The following criteria will be used to determine the recipients of the “Awards of Professional Excellence” and “Awards of Outstanding Achievement.” Please address how the project meets each of the criteria.
  1. Content: The editorial process ensures that:
    1. the publication is practical and well organized;
    2. the content is accurate and of high quality;
    3. statements of law are supported by appropriate authority; 
    4. the publication has an effective title.
  2. Style: The writing style is clear, easy to read, and avoids legalese. The publication embodies an easy-to-read design using quality materials and typography (i.e., the “look and feel”).
  3. Format: The information is easily accessible with quality reference aids and other useful components (e.g., indexes, tables, checklists, practice pointers, forms, forms disk or other electronic component, etc.).
  4. Market: It appeals to a broad spectrum of lawyers in the organization’s jurisdiction.
  5. Innovation: It demonstrates an original idea, or provides innovative content or an innovative format.
  6. Financial: It is cost effective to produce (include some cost and revenue information, if possible).
  7. Resource Use: The entry demonstrates effective use of the organization’s available resources, bearing in mind both the staffing and financial resources available to the organization.

Three Awards Each for Larger and Smaller Organizations

Three awards may be granted to larger publishers, and three to smaller publishers. The subcommittee will divide the entries into two groups, according to publisher size.

In each group:

  1. the best entry overall will win the “Award of Professional Excellence”;
  2. the second best entry overall will win an “Award of Outstanding Achievement”; and
  3. a new award winner (a publisher that has never won an ACLEA’s Best Publication award, or hasn’t won in the past 10 years) will win an “Award of Outstanding Achievement”.

    See the “How to Enter Checklist and Rules” for further details.


(staff member or members, to be published with description, for ACLEA members to contact for more info so they can learn from your success)
Has your organization won an award in this category before, or within the last ten years? (view information on past winners here)

If you would prefer to have your entry judged in hard copy format please complete the online form and then courier a copy of your entry packet to each of these subcommittee members.

  • Nomination form (digital) 
  • Print Book (hard copy) 
  • Electronic book (digital copy) if one exists
  • Marketing materials (hard copy and digital depending on whether they were originally hard copy pieces of digital pieces) 

Linda W. Russell (Chair) CEB California Director, Product Development 2100 Franklin St., Suite 500 Oakland, CA  94612 510-302-2194 Fax: 510-302-0702


Cindy M. Huss Director of Publications and Online Products Institute of Continuing Legal Education 1020 Greene St. Ann Arbor, MI  48109-1444 734-763-1393 Fax: 734-763-2412


Pamela Davies Smith Director of Publications and Online Content Pennsylvania Bar Institute 5080 Ritter Road Mechanicsburg, PA 17055-6903 717-796-0804, ext. 2258

Joy Tataryn ** Legal Editor The Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia 500-1155 West Pender Street Vancouver, BC  V6E 2P4 604-893-2148 Fax:  604-669-9260


Amy McFadden Director of Publications Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education 3161 W. White Oaks Dr., Ste.300 Springfield, IL  62704 217-321-0737


Sharon Sandle Director, TexasBarBooks State Bar of Texas 1414 Colorado Street Austin, TX  78701 512-226-3844

** If you are in the U.S. or otherwise not in Canada and are sending your contest entry to the judges by courier, note that shipment to Joy Tataryn (at CLEBC in Canada) requires some extra steps and expense, as follows:

STEP 1: Ship via UPS as a “free domicile shipment” (so that your UPS account will be billed for the brokerage fees) to our Canadian judge Joy Tataryn (at CLEBC, at the address on the entry form).

STEP 2:  Advise Joy Tataryn at that you have arranged shipment to CLEBE via UPS and that you have paid the Customs brokerage fees to our Canadian judge Joy Tataryn (at CLEBC, at the address on the entry form).

**For shippers from the U.S. or otherwise not in Canada, if you don’t already have a UPS account, you will need to set one up in  order to arrange to pay Customs brokerage fees.