NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Law360, a LexisNexis company, announced that the legal news and analysis
provider will serve as lead sponsor for the Burton Awards, a national
awards program created by William C. Burton and run in association with
the Library of Congress and its Law Library.
The Burton Awards program rewards accomplishments in law, including the
finest writing, teaching, journalism, public service in government,
public interest work, general counsel efforts and achievements of
lawyers in the military. Close to 70 awards are presented annually.
“Law360 and the Burton Awards program both promote the highest level of
achievement in law,” Law360 General Manager Scott Roberts said. “Our
company prides itself on providing high-quality information that helps
legal professionals remain experts in their field, and the Burton Awards
program highlights that expertise across the legal spectrum. This
relationship builds on our long-standing commitment to the best writing
and practice in the service of the law.”
William C. Burton, founder and chair of the awards program, said, “We
are profoundly honored and grateful to Law360 and LexisNexis for their
sponsorship. I look forward to working with this legal industry mainstay
to continue to recognize the greatest accomplishments in law.”
The 2017 Burton Awards program takes place on May 22 at the Library of
Congress. In the past, Supreme Court Justices, as well as noted
scholars, managing partners, general counsel, members of the military,
and legal practitioners have attended and spoken at the event.
The Burton Awards’ honorary Board of Directors includes: Judge Richard
Posner, 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals; Judge Alex Kozinski, 9th
Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals; U.S. Senator John Cornyn; U.S. Senator
Robert P. Casey, Jr.; U.S. Senator Mike Crapo; U.S. Senator Michael F.
Bennet; Supreme Court Justice Carol Corrigan of California; Jane
Sullivan Roberts, Partner, Major, Lindsey & Africa; Lisa Rickard,
President, U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform; Elissa Lichtenstein,
Director, Public Services Division, American Bar Association; Thomas L.
Sager, Partner, Ballard Spahr LLP; Les Parrette, Senior Vice President,
General Counsel and Compliance Officer, Novelis Inc.; and Stephen R.
Mysliwiec, Partner, DLA Piper LLP (US).
The Academic Board of the awards program includes Noah Messing of Yale
Law School; Virginia Wise of Harvard Law School; Jeanne Merino of
Stanford Law School; Lindsay Sturges Saffouri of UC Berkeley School of
Law; Judge Ed Forstenzer, former presiding judge, California Superior
Court; William Ryan, Advisor, Department of Homeland Security; and Roy
Gutterman, Director, Tully Center for Free Speech at Syracuse University.
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Burton Awards program is a 501(c)(3) effort funded by the Burton
Foundation which is a not for profit, academic effort. It is devoted to
recognizing and rewarding excellence in the legal profession. Since its
inception in 1999 a principal focus of the organization has been the
refinement and enrichment of legal writing, however, the scope of the
program has grown into recognizing all major achievements in law. The
founder of the program is William C. Burton, a partner in the law firm
Sagat|Burton LLP and both a former New York State Assistant Attorney
General, Assistant Special Prosecutor and author of the profession’s
first legal thesaurus.