Super Lawyers Selectees Stories Win National Journalism Awards

Seven.

That's the tally so far this year for Super Lawyers at annual Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) award ceremonies around the country.

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Feature stories from the Thomson Reuters legal publication have won three first-place awards, two second-places, and one third-place honor-with one announced winner, in Florida, yet to be determined. Several more contests are still up in the air.

It's been a good year. But without your excellent legal work as Super Lawyers and Rising Stars selectees, we wouldn't have award-winning stories to tell. So thank you for letting us share your experiences with the world.

Top of the Rockies Clean Sweep

At the Top of the Rockies' competition, which includes competition from four states-Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming-Super Lawyers entered three stories and wound up sweeping the Legal Reporting category:

  1. The Force of Nature and the Steadying Hand: A feature profile on criminal defense attorneys Iris Eytan and Dru Nielsen
  2. The Vanishing Jury Trial: The good and bad of a disappearing cornerstone of the American justice system
  3. 'The Chief is Eating My Sandwich': An oral history featuring eight former clerks to the U.S. Supreme Court

Of the first-place feature, the judge wrote, "Makes me want to put aside any personal feelings on a case and cheer them on in the courtroom."

The Best of the Rest

More recently, Super Lawyers won two first-place awards at Ohio's Best Journalism contest. "Looking Around Corners," on Cincinnati class action/mass torts attorney Janet Gilligan Abaray, won first place in the Best Personality Profile category for trade publications, while "The Incredible Shrinking Jury Trial" won first place in the Best General Story category for trade publications. That same story won second place in the SPJ Metro Louisville Journalism Awards.

Of the Abaray profile, the judge wrote, "From the very beginning, the reader is hooked. Ms. Berman sets the stage-the office, Janet Abaray's career, her cases-and fully illustrates who this woman is and why she's important. What could have been a dry, legal profile was instead fascinating and inspiring."

Visit here for a full list of Super Lawyers journalism awards through the years.