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Another Burton Award for Minnesota

Dan Robinson (class of 2007) has been selected to receive the esteemed Burton Award for legal writing, one of only 15 awards presented in the law school category for 2007. His winning entry was "Embracing Equity: A New Remedy for Wrongful Health Insurance Denials," published in the Notes Section of the May 2006 issue of the Minnesota Law Review.

"Dan's Note was well-deserving of the award," says the Law School’s Clinical Professor Brad Clary, who teaches legal writing. "It was clear, easy to read on a complex subject, and tried to help solve a problem. That is quite fitting, as we are trying to train our students to be problem-solvers."

The Law School is proud to be in the elite company of the few schools to receive the award multiple times. "This is a very prestigious national writing prize. The fact that we have had honorees three times in the last seven years is, I believe, one confirmation of the overall excellence of the U of M legal writing training system," Clary says. David Leishman received the Burton award in 2006 and Kari Dahlin in 2001.

Submissions were judged on their clear, effective writing style and use of plain language. Nominations are limited to one per law school and must be submitted by a dean. Program organizers note that competition is increasingly intense due to the quality and number of submissions. Law schools across the nation compete for this important award.

Honorees will be flown to the June 4 black-tie event, "A Celebration in Honor of the Judiciary," at the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., to accept their award—an inscribed crystal obelisk. Bob Schieffer, chief Washington correspondent for CBS News will be the guest speaker, and Bill Press, former "Crossfire" host, will be the Master of Ceremonies.

Formed in a relationship with the Library of Congress and the Law Library of Congress, the nonprofit national awards program made its first presentation in 2000. Its founder, William C. Burton, is a partner in the international firm of D’Amato & Lynch, a former New York State Assistant Attorney General, and a proponent of excellence and modernization in legal writing.

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Dan Robinson