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Madeline Gendreau 2021 Elite Lawyer Scholarship Winner

Elite Lawyer is pleased to announce that Madeline Gendreau has been selected as the winner of our Spring 2021 Scholarship program. Madeline was chosen out of more than 100 students who sent in video or written essays. In order to be considered, qualified applicants needed to have a current GPA of at least 3.0 and submit either a 500-word essay or a two-minute video presentation that answered the following question: What positive change are you working to bring to your community in the new year? After submitting a considerate and compelling application, Madeline will receive $500 to put toward her undergraduate degree. She is a sophomore in the Honors College, double majoring in Environmental Sciences and Geosciences with a minor in Climate Studies at Boise State University. 

Bringing a Positive Change to Her Community

Even at a young age, Madeline always knew she wanted to make a difference in her life by helping others who are in need. With a spirit of giving instilled by her parents and grandparents early on, she helped improve handicapped access at her church and delivered meals to those in need. Using her influence as the current Miss Boise and her skills as a competitive swimmer, Madeline recognized a need within the community based on statistics that Idaho has the second-highest rate of accidental drownings among children under age 5 in the country. This is partly due to the fact that Idaho has over 100 miles of irrigation canals located across the state.

Working with a local swim team and other organizations, Madeline offers free or low-cost swim lessons to those less fortunate in Boise and the surrounding area. According to Madeline, it is an ideal way to connect with younger kids who need to learn water safety awareness through life-saving skills as well as a healthy and active lifestyle. “Throughout my volunteer experiences as a young girl and my passion for helping others, I am determined to bring a positive change to my community,” Gendreau stated. 

After graduation, Madeline hopes to work in NASA’s Climate Division to further study carbon in the environment and understand how carbon stores are changing as the Earth’s average yearly temperature increases. In addition, she would like to attend law school and become an environmental lawyer specializing in climate law and environmental justice. Ultimately, she intends to run for the United States Congress and assist in writing climate and environmental legislation.

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At Elite Lawyer, we understand how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected our country physically, economically, and emotionally, and we are here to provide support to members of the legal community. In addition, we recognize how the younger generation is taking an active role in helping bring about positive change in our country. Attorneys throughout the United States can network and collaborate, allowing them to provide the legal help their clients need. To learn more about the Elite Lawyer scholarship program or nominate an attorney for the Elite Lawyer award, contact us today at 833-40-ELITE (833-403-5483).


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Elite Lawyer is a directory and rating service that recognizes outstanding attorneys who have demonstrated excellence in the field of law and who have been acknowledged by their fellow colleagues, bar associations, and other committees or organizations. The Elite Lawyer directory is a great resource for attorneys to collaborate with peers in the legal community in addition to those people who are looking for legal assistance. Not only can their names and firms be found by prospective clients searching on the Elite Lawyer website, but the backlinks to law firms’ websites provide significant value as far as search engine optimization (SEO). Read on to learn what to do once you become an Elite Lawyer to take advantage of this valuable membership to elevate your practice to the next level. 

Stand Out from the Crowd

As an Elite Lawyer, you can do the following things with your membership to help build and enhance your digital and online presence:

  • Utilize your Elite Lawyer badge. The badge code links back to your profile, and it can be added to your website or social media pages such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Seeing the Elite Lawyer badge can provide instant recognition and give prospective clients the confidence they need to hire you to resolve their legal matters. 

  • Post on social media. Upload a picture of your Elite Lawyer award on your firm’s social media pages to share news of this outstanding distinction. Also, do not forget to place your plaque or trophy in your office for clients and colleagues to admire. 

  • Update your Elite Lawyer profile. Adding information to your profile will make it easier for your practice to stand out from the crowd on the Elite Lawyer directory. Include details about recent verdicts or settlements, as well as honors, awards, and distinctions from bar associations or other legal organizations. 

  • Join Elite Lawyer’s community initiatives. Contact Elite Lawyer if your law firm would be interested in co-sponsoring a scholarship or charitable initiative in your local community. This is an ideal way to give back while making a positive impact on your current and future clientele. 

  • Commission a custom page on the Elite Lawyer website. Custom pages detail the practice areas of specific attorneys, and they can greatly enhance a law firm’s SEO. Target your preferred market and make it easier for clients to find you based on your specialty and geographical location. 

Contact Elite Lawyer Today

The value of the recognition and distinction that comes with being named an Elite Lawyer cannot be overstated. If you have any questions about the Elite Lawyer directory or the Elite Lawyer scholarship program, or if you would like to nominate an attorney for the Elite Lawyer award, contact us today. Elite Lawyer members can contact us at [email protected] or 833-40-ELITE (833-403-5483) with any questions or requests that they have.

The end of 2020 could not come soon enough for many people. COVID-19 changed our way of life this past year, and we all have had to adjust to a new normal. States across the country issued executive orders, including temporarily closing non-essential businesses in an effort to stop the spread of the virus. With so many out of work or taking a pay cut, an unprecedented number of people filed for unemployment. In addition, health and safety officials advised against big gatherings, which meant families spent more time at home than ever before. A rise in certain crimes resulted, including traffic violations such as speeding, as well as domestic violence and theft. Law firms are considered essential businesses, so they have continued to offer clients legal representation when they need it most, albeit virtually in some cases. 2021 is looking more positive with a vaccine starting to be administered. Elite Lawyer is committed to assisting our members in 2021 and beyond. 

Networking and Collaborating for a Better Future Together 

For those facing a legal issue, whether it be criminal charges, divorce, estate planning, personal injury, or family law issues, finding an attorney may seem like a daunting process. Many people may not even know where to start, and that is why the Elite Lawyer directory is such a benefit. Users can search for lawyers or law firms by state or practice area in a comprehensive listing of attorneys all over the United States. Only legal professionals who meet or exceed specific criteria receive the Elite Lawyer award, which sets them apart from their peers so consumers know they are looking at the cream of the crop. 

For attorneys who wish to network with colleagues on topics within the same practice area, the Elite Lawyer directory can be an invaluable resource. The online database makes it an easy search tool regardless of what state someone is in. Attorneys may be considered for the Elite Lawyer award either through a nomination by their peers or the Elite Lawyer Advisory Panel, or by client recommendation or feedback. The review process includes rating and evaluating attorneys based on: 

  • Education

  • Legal experience

  • Professional achievement

  • Reputation

  • Community involvement

  • Settlement and verdicts

  • Special licensing and certification 

  • Number of years in practice

  • Bar admissions

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, many law firms have utilized virtual teleconferencing apps to meet with clients instead of in person. In many cases, they are able to resolve certain legal matters that may not require going to court. With a COVID-19 vaccine already being administered throughout the country, some restrictions may be lifted. However, law firms may continue to use online meetings since it may be more convenient for their clients. If 2020 has taught us anything, it is that we are resilient, and if we work together, we can achieve great things. 

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There is no doubt that 2020 was challenging for everyone. We all know how much the coronavirus pandemic has had a profound impact on the nation, causing a global health crisis, which in turn resulted in an economic downturn. At Elite Lawyer, we are committed to providing support to the legal community. If you have any questions about the Elite Lawyer directory or the Elite Lawyer scholarship program, or if you would like to nominate an attorney for the Elite Lawyer award, contact us today at 833-40-ELITE (833-403-5483).

The Elite Lawyer rating service and directory recognizes outstanding attorneys across the United States who have demonstrated a commitment to the legal community. We are proud to support the next generation of legal professionals by sponsoring our second annual scholarship for students who are pursuing higher education and who would like to make a difference in their communities. Last year’s winner was University of Minnesota student Evan Bannow. While the world is still facing economic and health challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we at Elite Lawyer recognize that today’s college students need support now more than ever. In response to these uncertain times, we are encouraging all eligible students to enter for a chance to win a $500 scholarship that may go toward tuition or other educational expenses at the college or university level.

Who Is Eligible?

As a higher-ed student, you can apply for the Spring 2021 Elite Lawyer Scholarship if you meet the following criteria:

  • You are currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at an accredited college or university within the United States.

  • Your education will continue through the Spring 2021 semester or beyond.

  • You are at least 18 years old.

  • Your current GPA is at least 3.0.

Applicant Criteria

In order to be considered, qualified applicants must submit either a 500-word essay or a 2-minute video presentation that answers the following question: What positive change are you working to bring to your community in the new year? 

While many have suffered losses this past year, whether it be a family member to COVID or perhaps a job layoff, it has also been a time of reflection for everyone. With in-person gatherings restricted and many events postponed or canceled, it is easy to feel discouraged. However, brighter days are ahead, so that is why we want to know what you are doing to enhance your life and those around you. By coming together, we can implement positivity during these unprecedented times. 

The deadline to apply is midnight CST on February 14, 2021. All applications will be carefully reviewed by our committee, and a winner will be selected based on these three factors:

  1. A commitment to making a positive impact in your community

  2. Thoughtfulness, originality, and creativity

  3. Quality of the essay, including organization, clarity, and grammar

The winner will be notified by March 1, 2021, and he or she may be featured on the Elite Lawyer website. If you have any questions, contact us at [email protected]. Best of luck to all of our applicants!

Contact Elite Lawyer Today

At Elite Lawyer, we understand how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected our country physically, economically, and emotionally, and we are here to provide support to members of the legal community. Attorneys throughout the United States can network and collaborate, allowing them to provide the legal help their clients need. To learn more about the Elite Lawyer scholarship program or nominate an attorney for the Elite Lawyer award, contact us today at 833-40-ELITE (833-403-5483).

Our world has changed in the past year due to the global pandemic of COVID-19. Many people have been working remotely from home in an effort to slow or stop the spread of the highly contagious virus. Businesses that are deemed essential have been allowed to stay open, including law offices. However, to maintain health and safety protocols, many legal matters are being conducted virtually through teleconferencing programs such as Zoom, Google Meets, or FaceTime. In addition, those who are in need of legal representation often use the Internet to begin their search for an attorney. A lawyer’s online presence is key to standing out, and this includes receiving awards and recognitions, such as being named an Elite Lawyer

Standing Out From the Crowd

The Elite Lawyer award recognizes attorneys who have achieved a high level of success in their practice areas as well as acknowledgment from their peers, community, bar, and committees. This recognition is based on an attorney meeting specific criteria, including:

  • Years in practice with good standing

  • Verdicts and settlements

  • Peer nominations

  • Bar association memberships and involvement

  • Client testimonials

  • Community involvement

Part of being an Elite Lawyer is inclusion in a reputable directory for attorneys, which consumers can use when looking to hire a highly respected lawyer near them. People in need of legal assistance can search for an attorney based on geographical location and/or practice area. Elite Lawyer attorney bios also give a brief synopsis of each attorney, including their firm’s name, other awards they have received, their educational background, volunteer groups, interests outside of work, and more. This information allows people to quickly find the skilled legal counsel they are looking for so they can proceed with getting their matter successfully resolved. Elite Lawyer profiles can boost or enhance a law firm’s online presence, and they provide a reliable and reputable resource for finding the right attorney to fit an individual’s unique situation. Having the Elite Lawyer distinction can help attorneys rank higher in search results. 

Contact Elite Lawyer Today


At Elite Lawyer, we recognize the tireless efforts of attorneys across the United States who are working to provide high-quality legal service during this tumultuous time. Although the COVID-19 pandemic has changed everyone’s way of life, we are open and here to support our members throughout the legal community. By networking to collaborate and share ideas, attorneys across the country can continue to advocate on their clients’ behalf for any type of legal matter they need to be resolved. To nominate an Elite Lawyer or learn more about the award program and our directory, contact us today at 833-40-ELITE (833-403-5483).

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