Last week we got news that Martindale-Hubbell Connected earned 2nd place in the Law Technology News Awards in the “Collaboration Tools” category. While grateful for the honor, the competitor within me immediately wanted to know who won first place so I could assess their relative strengths and weaknesses and perhaps learn a thing or two. It turns out that first prize went to a software solution that facilitates multi-person document review and collaboration so it wasn’t a straight up competitor to Connected, our professional networking site for legal professionals.
The reason I’m writing today isn’t to pat myself on the back, but without any hesitation I will take a moment to recognize the incredibly dedicated, incredibly hard working team at Martindale-Hubbell who launched Connected in March and who continue to deliver on the promise of making Connected the world’s premier online networking site for legal professionals.
Recognition from organizations like LTN offers a tangible measure of just how far we’ve come in the barely nine months since the commercial launch of Connected. Earlier this fall Connected was also honored by the Society of New Communication Research as one of the year’s best “External Communications & Communities” solutions. Similarly, both Martindale.com and Lawyers.com are finalists in the “Best Online Directory & Business Leads Service” category in the 25th Annual CODiE Awards – offering a clear demonstration that our commitment to innovation and transformation extends beyond just Martindale-Hubbell Connected.
Thank you to all who continue to share your feedback and ideas with us. We rely on that input to inform everything we do and nearly every decision we make. 2009 hasn’t been easy for anyone within the legal industry but we’re finishing strong and looking ahead to greater things in 2010.
Last but not least, I couldn’t end this post without a mention of our Get Connected for a Cause Campaign benefiting the Smile Train. We will make a $5 donation to the Smile Train for every new corporate counsel member who joins Martindale-Hubbell Connected before the end of this year. Additionally, every connection made by a corporate counsel member during the promotional period will garner an additional $1 donation from us. Please send an invitation to every in-house lawyer you know around the world! There is no cost to you and just think, for every 50 new corporate counsel members who join, a child from one of the world’s poorest countries can receive the gift of this life-altering surgery to repair a cleft lip or palate this holiday season.