Legal Times won 15 awards, including Newspaper of the Year among its peers, in the 2008 contest of the Maryland, Delaware, D.C. Press Association.
The awards recognized work in column writing, investigative reporting, business reporting, photography, and design, among other categories. Fifteen is the most awards that Legal Times has received in the regional journalism contest in recent memory.
Three of the awards were given for Best in Show, in which Legal Times competed against all publications from the two states and the District of Columbia:
General News Story: Joe Palazzolo for “Absolute Power,” a detailed look at the roles of two top aides to then-Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, White House liaison Monica Goodling and chief of staff D. Kyle Sampson, Aug. 7, 2008
Page 1 Design: Tegist Legesse for “(Mostly) In Tune,” Legal Times’ Supreme Court Wrap-Up, June 30, 2008
Art or Illustration: Ralph Butler for “(Mostly) In Tune”
For the other 12 awards, Legal Times competed against non-daily publications of similar size.
Newspaper of the Year: Legal Times
Local Column, Critical Thinking: First Place, Rob Rogers, “For Shame, Monica”
General News Story: First Place, Joe Palazzolo, “Absolute Power”
Continuing Coverage: First Place, Legal Times Staff, the Bush-Obama transition
Investigative Reporting: First Place, Joe Palazzolo and Pedro Ruz Gutierrez, “Seducing the DOJ”
Feature Story, Profile: Second Place, Tony Mauro, “For Blind Clerk, The Sky’s the Limit”
Local Government: Second Place, Jeff Jeffrey, “Fenty Lawyer Resigns, Is Disbarred”
Feature Photo: First Place, Jay Mallin, “Spin Class”
Business: First Place, Marisa McQuilken, “Ducks in a Row”
Page 1 Design: First Place, Tegist Legesse, “(Mostly) In Tune”
Feature Page Design: First Place, Tegist Legesse, “They’re Getting Married”
Art or Illustration: First Place, Ralph Butler, “(Mostly) In Tune”