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David Leishman receives 2006 Burton Award

David Leishman, class of 2006, has been awarded a Burton Award for excellence in legal writing. The Law School nominated David's law review article entitled Adding Insult to Injury: ERISA, Knudson, and the Error of the Possession Theory for the prestigious prize, which will be delivered at a gala reception at the Library of Congress in June.

David is the second U of M law student to win a Burton award. He joins Kari Dahlin, who won a Burton prize in 2001.

As of December 2005 only four law schools in the United States had ever won as many as three Burton awards: Stanford, Penn, Emory, and Duke. We will aim to join this group in 2007 with our next nomination.

The Burton Award program is a national award unique for its involvement of both law firms and law schools and its investment in both the present and future of legal writing. The entire focus of the Burton Award is on the quality, style and technique of legal writing. The program is “a celebration of the plain language movement; it is an endorsement of modernized legal writing; and it is a concerted effort to eliminate archaic, convoluted, formulistic, and stilted legalese."

Each year, the program rewards excellence and encourages perfection by presenting Burton Awards for Legal Achievement to winning authors from both law firms and law schools.

For more information about the Burton Awards, including a full list of 2006 winners, please visit their website:


David Leishman