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Law School Student Receives Burton Award

May 1, 2008—Emily C. Melvin ('08) joins a growing list of University of Minnesota Law School students who have won the esteemed Burton Award for legal writing. Melvin, the lead articles editor for Volume 92 of the Minnesota Law Review, was selected as a 2008 winner for her article "An Unacceptable Exception: The Ramifications of Physician Immunity from Medical Procedure Patent Infringement Liability," which was published in the April 2007 issue of Minnesota Law Review. She was one of only 15 student winners selected from law schools across the country.

"The dedication that she showed in crafting and revising her Note is representative of the work that she has put into the Minnesota Law Review," says Kevin O'Riordan, editor-in-chief of Volume 92. "Emily clearly made an impact on the legal field and, at the same time, made an impact on her peers."

Melvin is the fourth Law School student to receive a Burton Award since the prestigious national writing prize was first awarded in 2000. Dan Robinson won in 2007, David Leishman won in 2006, and Kari M. Dahlin won in 2001. Only a few law schools have earned the award multiple times, and having four winners in just the past seven years is a testament to the Law School's writing training system.

Melvin and other 2008 awardees will be honored at a black-tie reception at the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., June 16. The nonprofit Burton Award Program was formed in a relationship with the Library of Congress and Law Library of Congress to honor excellence and modernization in legal writing. The award is named for William C. Burton, a partner in the international law firm of D'Amato & Lynch and the author of Burton's Legal Thesaurus.

Portrait of Emily Melvin

Emily Melvin ('08)