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Selection process

Honorees were chosen by an independent panel

An awards program is only as good as its honorees. And the honorees are only as good as the judging process.
Thus, the Mississippi Business Journal went to great lengths to ensure the criteria were fair and balanced and the judging panel was independent for the inaugural Leadership in Law program, according to MBJ publisher Alan Turner.
Turner said judging was a joint effort between the MBJ editorial staff and a panel of “well respected people in the legal community. It was a fair representation of both groups.”
To further ensure the integrity of the selection process, the members of the judging panel were not disclosed.
The judges faced many challenges, including the sheer numbers of nominees. The MBJ received approximately 130 Leadership in Law nominations. Judges were charged with culling those nominations to 50. Recipients were graded, and the top 10 “scorers” were named finalists for the Leader in Law award.
One member of the panel that was at the Nov. 5 inaugural Leadership in Law event said he was proud of his group’s efforts. He said recipients represented a broad cross section — large to single-attorney law firms and groups; defendant and plaintiff attorneys; variety of practice specialties. He added that the 2010 recipients were also spread geographically throughout the state.
The criteria for selection were across four categories. They were: professional abilities and success (most significant professional accomplishments; how their division, department or company grew as a direct result of nominees’ abilities; organization where nominees work or have worked, important dates, titles and responsibilities; roles in decision making and extent of those roles; demonstration of positive growth trends, programs, products/services and profits; and, special skills and abilities); professional recognition (licenses, degrees and areas of professional expertise; honors and awards; and, nominees’ promotions, partnerships, published work, etc.); level of influence and professional organizations (significance of contribution to the business community and extent of involvement in professional organizations); and, community involvement (active service and active membership in community organizations and honors and awards received due to community involvement).
“I was really delighted with the number of nominations we received and the interest shown in this first-ever event,” Turner said. “Still, it made for a daunting task to judge all of those nominees. I could not be happier with the work the judges did, and I thank them for it.”

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