Sunday, May 21, 2017

Congratulations to the Winners of the 2017 Burton Awards; Linda Edwards to Receive the 2017 Burton Award for Outstanding Contributions to Legal Writing Education

Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 Burton Awards, which will be presented in Washington, D.C. at the Library of Congress on Monday, May 22, 2017.

Each year since its inception eighteen years ago, the Burton national awards program has grown in stature. The non-profit program is held in association with the Library of Congress, presented by lead sponsor Law360 and, co-sponsored by the American Bar Association through its Standing Committee on the Law Library of Congress. Patterned after the Pulitzer Prizes, its close relationship with the Library of Congress has helped it flourish. Read more about The Burton Awards.

The Burton Awards is quite simply the most glamorous night of the year for legal writing. Held at the Library of Congress, the guest speakers and award winners have included U.S. Supreme Court Justices Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Antonin Scalia, and Justice John Paul Stevens [retired].

Linda EdwardsAmong the many awards being presented on Monday is the Burton Award for Outstanding Contributions to Legal Writing Education. The winner of the 2017 award is Professor Linda Edwards of the UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law.

Before joining the academy, Professor Edwards practiced law for eleven years. She then began her teaching career at the New York University School of Law, where she served as the Coordinator of the NYU Lawyering Program. In 1990, Professor Edwards joined the faculty at the Mercer University School of Law, where she was the Macon Professor of Law. During her 19 years at Mercer, Professor Edwards directed the legal writing program and taught in the areas of property, employment discrimination, advanced legal writing, professional responsibility, and legal reasoning.

Here is a comprehensive list of winners of the Burton Award for Outstanding Contributions to Legal Writing Education.

  • 2017: Linda Edwards, Professor at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas William S. Boyd School of Law
  • 2016: Louis J. Sirico, Jr., Professor at Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law
  • 2015: Marilyn Walter, Professor and Director of the Legal Writing Program at Brooklyn Law School
  • 2014: Anne M. Enquist, Professor of Lawyering Skills and Director of the Legal Writing Program at Seattle University School of Law
  • 2013: Mary Lawrence, Professor Emerita at University of Oregon School of Law
  • 2012: Tina L. Stark, Professor of the Practice of Law and Director of the Transactional Program at Boston University School of Law.
  • 2011: Marjorie Dick Rombauer, Professor Emerita of Law at University of Washington
  • 2010: Helene S. Shapo, Professor of Law Emeritus at Northwestern University Law School
  • 2009: Richard K. Neumann Jr., Professor at Hofstra University School of Law
  • 2008: Mary Beth Beazley, Associate Professor of Law and Director of Legal Writing at Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law
  • 2007: Laurel Oates, Professor of Law at Seattle University School of Law
  • 2006: Ralph Brill, Served as Associate Dean, Acting Dean and Associate Dean of Student Affairs at the Chicago-Kent College of Law
  • 2005: Darby Dickerson, Vice President and Dean at Stetson University College of Law [now Dean at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago]
  • 2004: Kent D. Syverund, Dean and Garner Anthony Professor at Vanderbilt University Law School

William C. Burton, for whom the awards are named, is a partner in Sagat|Burton LLP., New York. He is the founder and Chairman of the Burton Awards Program. His practice is devoted to lobbying at the federal and state levels of government. He has served as a New York State Assistant Attorney General and an Assistant New York State Special Prosecutor. For fifteen years, he was Director of Government Affairs and handled legislative and regulatory matters for Continental Insurance, one of America's largest insurance companies. He is the author of BURTON'S LEGAL THESAURUS, the first and only such book ever written for the legal profession. The book is now in its fourth edition. When it was published Mr. Burton was given an award by the Association of American Publishers for the book's uniqueness and creativity.

In 1999, Mr. Burton created the Burton Foundation and the Burton Awards program to encourage perfection and reward excellence in the legal profession. The nonprofit Burton Awards program is run in association with the Library of Congress.

In 2011, Mr. Burton was awarded the highest award by the Legal Writing Institute, the second largest organization of law professors in the United States. The honor and tribute was given for his advocacy and impact on legal writing. Later in 2011, he was presented the "Blackstone Award" by the Friends of the Law Library of Congress for embodying and promoting the best ideals of the venerable institution.


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