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Super Lawyers Magazine is an annual publication of Thomson Reuters. The magazine selects candidates using a multi-step process. Candidates are first identified by conducting a survey of lawyers, interviewing lawyers and law firms, and reviewing periodicals, trade journals, and on-line sources. Candidates’ backgrounds, experience, and achievements are then examined by the magazine’s research staff. Lawyers deemed by the magazine to be leaders in their practice areas are then invited to form panels that review, evaluate, and score Super Lawyers candidates. The magazine’s research staff then selects a final list, ensuring that lawyers from differing firm sizes are included. Only 5% of a state’s lawyers are selected as “Super Lawyers”.
Selection for Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 39,000 leading attorneys cast almost 3.1 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas. Lawyers must be nominated and are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed.
The American Law Institute is the leading independent organization in the United States producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and otherwise improve the law. Membership in the Institute is a distinct professional honor. The number of elected members that can be admitted is limited to 3000 (not including life, honorary, and ex-officio members).
The American Board of Trial Advocates, known as ABOTA, is an invitation only organization of the finest lawyers and judges in America. ABOTA is an organization of attorneys representing both plaintiffs and defendants in civil cases. All of the attorneys who belong to ABOTA have earned great distinction at trial. ABOTA was created in 1958 to defend and preserve the rights granted to all Americans by the 7th Amendment to the Constitution, particularly the right to trial by jury. ABOTA also promotes professional education aimed at elevating standards of legal professionalism, integrity, honor, and courtesy.
Membership in the College of Labor and Employment lawyers is by nomination only, limited to those who have met the qualifications described below for a period of not less than twenty years. Membership honors those lawyers who have demonstrated to their peers, the bar, bench, and public through long performance related to the practice of Labor and Employment Law that they represent:
- The highest professional qualifications and ethical standards based on the College’s acclaimed Principles of Civility and Professionalism;
- The highest level of character, integrity, professional expertise and leadership;
- A commitment to fostering and furthering the objectives of the College;
- Sustained, exceptionally high-quality services to clients, bar, bench and public;
- Significant evidence of scholarship, teaching, lecturing and/or published writings on Labor and Employment Law.
Fellowship in the American College of Trial Lawyers is extended only by invitation, after careful investigation, to those experienced trial lawyers who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility, and collegiality.
Although there are currently more than 5,700 Fellows across the U.S. and Canada, membership can never be more than 1% of the total lawyer population of any state or province. Qualified lawyers are called to Fellowship in the College from all branches of trial practice. They are selected from among advocates who represent plaintiffs or defendants in civil proceedings of all types, as well as prosecutors and criminal defense lawyers. The College is thus able to speak with a balanced voice on important issues affecting the administration of justice.