Last month, I wrote about A2J Author, a tool used by legal aid programs and others to create automated guided interviews to assist people in need of legal help. It is primarily used to help self-represented individuals create court and legal forms, for online intake at legal services programs, and to help guide individuals to appropriate legal help.

Now, A2J Author is in the running for a 2014 Innovation Justice Award presented by the Hague Institute of Internationalization of Law. It is one of 16 finalists in the category that honors successful innovations, defined as “innovations that are already making a difference.”

A second awards category honors innovative ideas and honors “new ventures or novel ideas with a strong potential of delivering concrete justice results.”

Voting opened yesterday and ends Sept. 17. The top three innovations, based on voting, will go on to a final round, with the winner selected in November and announced Nov. 26.

There are a number of interesting contenders in both categories. The awards site has full descriptions of each nominee. Check them out and vote for your favorite.

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Bob is a lawyer, veteran legal journalist, and award-winning blogger and podcaster. In 2011, he was named to the inaugural Fastcase 50, honoring “the law’s smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries and leaders.” Earlier in his career, he was editor-in-chief of several legal publications, including The National Law Journal, and editorial director of ALM’s Litigation Services Division.