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How can I be considered for the Attorney of the Year awards?

Nominations can be made by anyone, including yourself. An application is automatically emailed to all nominees and must be completed and returned to The Daily Record in order to be considered for this award.

To be eligible, applicants must live in or work in Western New York at the time of judging.

Can I save the nomination and application forms while working on them?

Unfortunately you cannot at the moment, but we’re working to fix that. In the meantime, we suggest either filling out the forms on a separate sheet of paper first or be prepared to spend some time on the forms.

Who are the judges and what are they looking for when selecting the award winners?

The judges are past Attorneys of the Year Winners.

For the Leaders in Law Award, they are looking for attorneys who have shown tremendous dedication to the legal profession and selfless, tireless commitment to the community. For the Pro Bono Award, the winning firm will have a high percentage of lawyers who perform pro bono work and a significant amount of pro bono hours donated by the firm as a whole. The Judicial Excellence Award will go to an outstanding judge who exemplifies the highest standards of judicial excellence; efficiently, expeditiously and objectively manages cases and dockets; and is respected by, and has the confidence of, other judges, court staff, lawyers and others. The Lifetime Achievement Award will honor a lawyer whose career has helped shape the legal landscape in the Rochester area and who has shown longstanding commitment to the community.

Should I have a letter of recommendation sent?

Letters of recommendation are strongly suggested, but not required to be considered for this award, and they should be sent to Jessica Sims.

Can I buy a table?

Yes, but the tables are limited so please contact Kevin Momot as soon as possible for more information.

What is the format of the event?

This event is broken down into both a networking reception as well a dinner. The event begins with networking and moves into dinner, followed by an awards program.

Do I have to pay for parking at the venue?

Yes. There will be the opportunity to pre-pay inside the hotel before the event and before you return to your car for your convenience. For specific answers, visit the Hyatt’s website.

Do winners sit with guests?

Whenever possible, yes, however the only guaranteed seating is through a sponsorship.

If I or my guest have a food allergy, what do I do?

Please inform Jessica Sims of your allergy as early as possible.

Do winners have a speaking role?

No, there is no speaking for winners. They are brought on stage to accept their award and pose for photographs while we read a brief bio about them.

Do winners need to purchase a ticket?

No, winners do not need to purchase a ticket, all other attendees must.

Can I buy an ad in the publication?

Yes. Though you might get more for your money with a sponsorship. Please contact Kevin Momot for more information on sponsorship levels and advertising possibilities.

If I or my guests are handicapped, what should I do?

Please contact Jessica Sims and we will accommodate anything you need.

Can a deceased person be a nominee?

Nominees must be living at the time of the nomination in order to be eligible for the award.