The 2021 Paralegal Brief MVP Awards!

Paralegal Brief brings together the best content from hundreds of industry thought-leaders. These awards will recognize the Most Valuable Posts as judged by our readers, award committee, and our machine intelligence and social media. We will recognize the posts that provide the highest value to industry professionals - useful and actionable information, that is tactical or strategic in nature, providing either long-term or short-term value.

Check out the 2021 MVP Award Winner Acceptance Speech Compilation:

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Click on the categories below to vote for your favorite articles to win a Paralegal Brief MVP Award! You can vote for up to 3 articles per category and a Paralegal Brief account is needed to participate.


Awards will be given for articles covering the following categories:

Audience Size

Every day, our articles are read by an audience of over 20,000 people on our site and newsletter. We use our machine intelligence and social media, bolstered by our editorial team, to curate this content.

But as 2021 comes to an end, we want to know: of all of our articles, which are the best of the best? Our machine intelligence, social media, and editors can get us close. But we want that extra special touch that comes from beloved reader feedback.

You can represent these 20,000 readers. Cast your vote and let us know what you like to see!

Judging Criteria

We're judging posts that we see to provide the highest value to industry professionals. Does your article include useful and actionable information? Is it tactical or strategic? Does it provide short- or long-term value? Those are the types of questions our judges will be asking themselves.


Submitting content for consideration

Articles must have been published between October 13th, 2020 and October 11th, 2021 to be eligible.

Nominations are open until October 11th, 5pm Pacific Time. After that, our panel of judges will review the nominations and narrow them down to a list of finalists for each category.


Finalists will be announced on November 15th. Once finalists are announced, we will open up voting to our readers. When voting is open, you will be able to click on the categories listed towards the top of the page and select up to three winners per category. An account with Paralegal Brief is needed to vote. Voting ends on November 29th. Winners will be announced on December 13th.

Program Committee

Meet our expert panel of judges!

Vanessa (Vinnie) Finley, MBA, CAE


Vanessa Finley, MBA, CAE, joined NALA as its Chief Executive Officer in 2019. As the CEO, she is responsible for the planning and day-to-day operations of the association, including oversight of strategic planning and implementation, membership services for its 12,000 members in the paralegal profession, and coordinating the Board of Directors and its committees. Vanessa has been in nonprofit management and leadership for her entire career, spanning more than 28 years. She has had a primary focus on providing support to and advocacy for underrepresented groups and otherwise marginalized communities including women, people of color, immigrants, and those impacted by poverty. In addition to her paid work, Vanessa served for nearly a decade as the volunteer-elected Chair of the Missouri microenterprise association and was an active board member of the national microenterprise trade association.

Vanessa has dual Bachelor degrees in Human Development/Applied Behavioral Science and Criminology from the University of Kansas (1993). She earned her Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in Leadership and Change in Human Systems from the Henry W. Bloch School of Management at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (2006). She and her husband of 33 years have two adult daughters, an adult foster son, and a menagerie of four-legged fur-babies, who live together in Tulsa, OK.

Leslie Metzger

Communications Specialist, NALA

Leslie Metzger is the Communications Specialist for NALA – The Paralegal Association. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma. Leslie has over 10 years of journalism experience, including a byline with the New York Times and numerous articles published in newspapers and magazines throughout Oklahoma. She has also taught as an adjunct instructor at Tulsa Community College in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Janine Ross

Membership Coordinator, NALA

Dedicated professional with over 20 years of experience in areas of membership, communications, human resources and customer support within both the nonprofit and corporate spaces.