ASI Awards Excellence in Indexing Award to Richard Genova

Richard Genova was awarded the 2017 ASI Excellence in Indexing Award (formerly the Wilson Award) for The New Appleman on Insurance Law Library Edition, published by LexisNexis. The New Appleman is a multi-volume set that Rich has been working on for twelve years and includes a three-volume practice set and a thirteen-volume comprehensive set. The practice set has one index for the set, updated once a year. The comprehensive set has an index for each volume as well as a cumulative index for all thirteen volumes, updated twice a year. The award-winning index encompassed the three-volume practice set, the thirteen-volume comprehensive set, and approximately ten years of a companion newsletter.

The index to this large, technically complex body of material is an excellent tool for both legal professionals and non-specialists. Its navigation aids enable the user to find common threads across many volumes while using conventions that make it easy to navigate. The headnote is repeated on each page, a simple but helpful device in such a large index. “Continued” lines are provided for page and column breaks, and also within complex multi-levels of subheadings where it would otherwise be easy to get lost. This extensive index is impressive for the sheer volume of material it clearly and comprehensively makes accessible to the user.

Indexer Richard Genova receives the 2017 Excellence in Indexing Award from Joan Shapiro, who served on the judging committee. Sandra Gach (right) represents publisher LexisNexis.

Rich also earned the 1999 Wilson Award for Brownfields Law and Practice by Michael B. Gerrard, published by Matthew Bender & Co. Inc.

In recognition of The New Appleton Insurance Law Library Edition index, Rich received a $1000 award check and a certificate acknowledging his accomplishment. The publisher, LexisNexis, also received a certificate in recognition of its contribution to the quality of the index.

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