Law360 Announces Sponsorship of Burton Awards to Honor Achievements in Law

Law360 Announces Sponsorship of Burton Awards to Honor Achievements in Law

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NEW YORK, November 28, 2016 — 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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The 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.