Nominations are now open for the 2023 American Legal Technology Awards, which honor exceptional achievement in various aspects of legal technology.

Winners will be feted at a gala dinner at Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville on Oct. 8, the night before the Clio Cloud Conference starts at the same venue.

Ticket sales for the dinner are also now open, with an early-bird price of $175 through July 31, after which the price will be $250.

According to Tom Martin, a cofounder of the awards, the theme of this year’s event is “Belonging,” because, he says, “awards are nothing without a community to celebrate them and who work together in common cause to drive positive change.”

Now in its fourth year, the event is adding a new award category, a lifetime achievement award, to recognize an individual who has displayed leadership, excellence and vision over a long career in driving innovation in the law.

Awards will also be presented in another eight categories:

  • Access to Justice.
  • Court.
  • Enterprise.
  • Individual.
  • Technology.
  • Law Department.
  • Law Firm.
  • Startup.

The deadline to submit nominations is July 31. Finalists will be announced in August, with the winners to be named at the gala.

Between now and the gala, the event organizers are also presenting two “genius panels,” one that will be held in June and feature past winners of the award and another in September on the state of the industry.

In addition to Martin, who in his day job is founder of LawDroid, the other two founders of the awards are Patrick Palace, founder of Palace Law in Tacoma, Wash., and Caitlin Moon, director of innovation design for the Program on Law and Innovation at Vanderbilt Law School.