Innovation, Development, Engagement and Advancement (IDEA) Awards

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ALA’s IDEA Awards program is designed to recognize unique programs, services and events that improve the legal community and advance the business of law. There are no predetermined categories, and participants are encouraged to “think outside the box.” The award is open to:

  • ALA chapters
  • ALA committees
  • ALA regions
  • ALA members
  • Law firms
  • Business partners
  • Organizations

How Do We Define Innovation?

A new practice (or a new approach to a traditional practice) that delivers great value and transformational impact through a creative approach. The initiatives can be complex and involved (requiring large amounts of resources and commitment by dozens of individuals) OR simple and easily implemented (with little or no cost or other resources). The main focus is on the IDEA involved.

View videos of the 2018 recipients.

Submission Criteria and Eligibility Guidelines

Submissions will be accepted through December 10, 2018, and will be reviewed by the IDEA Awards Committee. An entry form can be found here. Entries are evaluated based on:

  • Innovation, creativity and originality
  • Results/success of the project
  • Significance and long-term impact

The score sheet used by the committee to guide their selections is available for review. 

Terms and Conditions

  • All submissions are final. No additions or changes are permitted to the entry after receipt by ALA Headquarters.
  • All entries become property of ALA.
  • ALA may reproduce, reprint or highlight the entry either in full or in part in its communications and/or at its events. 
  • ALA reserves and exercises the right to verify the accuracy of the entry. Supplying inaccurate information may lead to disqualification.
  • Awards will be presented only to entrants in good standing.

Questions regarding this program can be directed to