Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Nominations for the Burton Award for Outstanding Contributions to Legal Writing Education

Here's a final reminder that the schedule has changed this year for nominations for the Burton Award for Outstanding Contributions to Legal Writing Education. Nominations are due by 11:59 p.m. EDT on Wedneday, December 20, 2017.

The Burton Awards for Legal Achievement highlight the importance of writing in the legal profession, providing a forum to honor legal professionals and law students whose work exemplifies the goals of our field. The Awards were founded in 1999 by William Burton, author of Burton’s Legal Thesaurus and recipient of the Legal Writing Institute’s 2010 Golden Pen Award.

Since 2004, the Burton Awards have included a category for Outstanding Contributions to Legal Writing Education. The award is given annually during a black-tie gala at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the education of lawyers in the field of legal analysis, research, and writing. The Award may result from any activity related to educating students or lawyers about legal writing—teaching, writing books or articles, serving or advancing the interests of the legal-writing community, designing superb or innovative legal-writing courses or programs, and any related achievements. 
 
Here is the list of previous recipients of the Burton Award for Outstanding Contributions to Legal Writing Education
  • 2004 - Kent D. Syverund, Dean and Garner Anthony Professor at Vanderbilt University Law School
  • 2005 - Darby Dickerson, Vice President and Dean at Stetson University College of Law (now Dean of The John Marshall Law School in Chicago)
  • 2006 - Ralph Brill, Professor of Law and Associate Dean, Acting Dean and Associate Dean of Student Affairs at the Chicago-Kent College of Law
  • 2007 - Laurel Oates, Professor of Law at Seattle 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 (now a Professor at UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law)
  • 2009 - Richard K. Neumann Jr., Professor at Hofstra University School of Law
  • 2010 - Helene S. Shapo, Professor of Law Emeritus at Northwestern University Law School
  • 2011 - Marjorie Dick Rombauer, Professor Emerita of Law at University of Washington
  • 2012 - Tina L. Stark, Professor of the Practice of Law and Director of the Transactional Program at Boston University School of Law.
  • 2013 - Mary Lawrence, Professor Emerita at University of Oregon School of Law
  • 2014 - Anne M. Enquist, Professor of Lawyering Skills and Director of the Legal Writing Program at Seattle University School of Law
  • 2015 - Marilyn Walter, Professor and Director of the Legal Writing Program at Brooklyn Law School
  • 2016 - Louis J. Sirico, Jr., Law Professor, Villanova University
  • 2017 - Linda Edwards, E.L. Cord Foundation Professor of Law, UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law
The Burton Awards provide an excellent opportunity to publicize the achievements of the legal writing education community. The Nominations Committee therefore seeks nominations of deserving individuals (or groups!) for the Outstanding Contributions to Legal Writing Education Award. Nominations should describe the contributions of the nominee(s) and should be emailed to one or more of the following members of the selection committee: Professors Noah Messing, Grace Tonner, or Nancy Schultz.
 
Nominations for other categories for the Burton Awards are due by January 23, 2018. Click here for more information about those nominations. This includes nominations of law student articles.
 
In February 2018, there will be a maybe-just-like-the-Academy-Awards Facebook Live Announcement Ceremony to announce the winners of the 2018 Burton Awards. The 19th Annual Burton Awards Ceremony and Celebration will be held at the Library of Congress on Monday, May 21, 2018. That glamorous special event is co-sponsored by the American Bar Association through its Standing Committee on the Law Library of Congress.
 
Hat tip to Noah Messing.
 
(mew)

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