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Burton Awards for Faculty and Alumni

A Law School faculty member and two alumni have been honored with the prestigious Burton Award for 2007 in the law firm category. Only 30 recipients were chosen in the professional category, which is open to the nation's 1,000 largest law firms.

Faegre & Benson, Minneapolis, won for the article "Challenging Delaware's Desirability as a Haven for Incorporation," written by Law School Professor John Matheson along with Philip S. Garon (class of 1972) and Michael A. Stanchfield, both partners at Faegre & Benson. The article was published in 2006 in volume 32, issue 2, of the William Mitchell Law Review.

Patton Boggs LLP also received the Burton Award, for "When Congress Calls," written by Andrew M. Friedman (class of 1993) and Robert D. Luskin. The article was published in the 2006 Spring/Summer issue of Inside Litigation.

As announced earlier, Dan Robinson (class of 2007) also received the 2007 Burton Award, in the law school category, for "Embracing Equity: A New Remedy for Wrongful Health Insurance Denials," published in the Minnesota Law Review in May 2006.

This is the Law School’s third Burton Award since the program was established in 1999. The Law School is proud to be one of only 10 law schools in the nation to have received the Burton award three or more times.

Honorees will receive their awards at a June 4 black-tie event, "A Celebration in Honor of the Judiciary," at the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., hosted by Bill Press, formerly of "Crossfire." Bob Schieffer, chief Washington correspondent for CBS News, will be the guest speaker.

The national Burton Awards Program was created to reward effective legal writing through the use of plain, clear language and the avoidance of stilted legalese. Submissions are reviewed by a panel of legal writing and research scholars from academia and the judiciary.

For more information about the 2007 Burton Awards, go to http://www.burtonawards.com/event2007.html.