New Product Award

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This award honors new commercial information products that enhance or improve existing law library services or procedures or innovative products which improve access to legal information, the legal research process, or procedures for technical processing of library materials. A "new" product is one which has been in the library-related marketplace for two years or less. New products may include, but are not limited to, computer hardware and/or software, educational or bibliographic material, or other products or devices that aid or improve library workflow, research, or intellectual access. Products that have been reintroduced in a new format or with substantial changes are eligible.


  1. To be eligible for the award, a nominated product must be a new and innovative commercial legal information resource that enhances or improves existing law library services and/or procedures.
  2. Eligible products include (but are not limited to): print materials, computer hardware or software; products or devices that aid or improve access to legal information or the legal research process, and procedures for technical processing of library materials.
  3. Any product that has been "re-introduced" in a new format or that has substantial changes is eligible.
  4. "New" is defined as being in the library-related marketplace for less than two years.
  5. Any AALL member may nominate products for the Award. If a vendor nominates its own product, AALL membership is not required.
  6. Only nominations received by the deadline will be considered.
  7. Enhancements of existing products are not eligible for the Award, unless the enhancement provides a completely new method of using the product, and retrieval of information is substantially improved.
  8. Complete contact information for the vendor must be provided, to facilitate the CRIV's communication with the product developer.
  9. Members of the AALL New Product Award Jury will evaluate every eligible product. Vendors will be contacted to obtain complimentary review copies of print resources or temporary logins for electronic resources. Print copies will be returned to the vendor upon request.
  10. If a product is deemed ineligible, somebody from the New Product Award Jury will notify the nominating party and provide a brief explanation.

Application Information:

Please email the nomination form and supporting documentation to Liz McCurry Johnson at

Previous Winners:

2017: Casetext, Pablo Arredondo, Vice President, Legal Research, San Francisco, CA, CARA

2016: Ravel Law, Daniel Lewis, CEO and Co-Founder, San Francisco, CA, Judge Analytics

2015: Lex Machina, Josh Becker, CEO, Menlo Park, CA, Legal Analytics®

2014: William S. Hein & Co., Inc., Getzville, NY and Fastcase, Inc., Washington, D.C., HeinOnline/Fastcase Integration

2013: Practicing Law Institute, New York, NY, PLI Discover PLUS

2012: Bloomberg Law, New York, NY, Bloomberg Law

2011: WestlawNext Team, Eagan, MN, Thomson Reuters - WestlawNext

2010: Fastcase, Inc., Fastcase Legal Research iPhone App

2009: William S. Hein & Co., Inc., Subject Compilations of State Laws (HeinOnline)

2008: Cassidy Cataloging Services, Inc., WLX Cataloging Record Service (WLX E Treatise Collection, Lexis II Primary Sources, and Westlaw IV Journals & Law Reviews)

2007: No award

2006: No award

2005: Thomson Gale, The Making of Modern Law

2004: Jenkins Law Library & American Lawyer Media,

2003: No award

2002: No award

2001: W.S. Hein & Co., Inc., Hein-On-Line

2000: IndexMaster, Inc., IndexMaster

1999: West Group, Key Cite

1998: Congressional Information Services, Inc., CIS Congressional Universe

1997: BNA, Inc., Health Law & Business Series

1996: No award

1995: Shepard's McGraw-Hill, Inc., How to Shepardize