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How can I be considered for the any of the Excellence in Law 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 win multiple times?

Yes. You can win multiple times, but not in consecutive years.

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 Excellence in Law honorees. For Up & Coming Attorneys, they look for those who demonstrate a strong commitment to the legal profession early in their careers. To be considered, nominees must be admitted to the bar for 10 years or less. For Top Women in Law awards, they look for women attorneys who are making notable contributions to the legal profession, while inspiring a positive change in the community. For the Civil Legal Services Award, they look for civil legal services providers who have consistently worked to help those in need, often behind the scenes. For the Unsung Legal Heroes category judges will be looking for outstanding staff members who go above and beyond to help lawyers achieve success: paralegals, legal secretaries, administrators, law librarians and legal marketers.


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.

For more information on sponsorship,