Sunday, June 21, 2009
Wow! We Have a VIDEO of the Burton Award Presentation to Professor Richard Neumann for Outstanding Contribution to Legal Writing Education
Professor Richard K. Neumann of Hofstra Law School received the 2009 Burton Award for Outstanding Contribution to Legal Writing Education. It is one of the highly prestigious Burton Awards for Legal Achievment are presented annually in Washington DC at the Library of Congress. The event is a big splash
Approximately 450 lawyers, judges, and other supporters attend the presentation, a reception, and an elegant dinner. We're told that there are opera singers, an orchestra, and a ticket cost to non-award winners of $2500 each. You really have to be a fan of good writing to attend this program.
Burton established these awards ten years ago to recognize, among other things, good legal writing and those who make substantial contributions to enhance the quality of Legal Writing and Legal Writing programs. Click here to see the list of law firms and law schools that won Burton Awards in 2009. As Ralph Brill of Chicago-Kent College of Law wrote, "Mr. Burton is basically a one-man crusader for the improvement of the quality of legal writing. Law schools in general, and legal writing programs specifically, owe him a great deal of gratitude for his efforts, the publicity he generates, and the incentives he provides for improving legal writing programs."
Courtesy of Professor Karin Mika (Cleveland-Marshall College of Law), we are able to share this short video of the award presentation that was made on June 15, 2009. The video includes a charming introduction by Anne Kringel of the University of Pennsylvania School of Law. That is followed by Richard's comments. This is pure Chicken Soup for the Legal Writing Professor' Soul. Enjoy the video, and thanks Karin!
Hat tip to Karin Mika.