April 27, 2010 14:42 Age: 4 yrs

Emory Law Student Wins 2010 Burton Award

Emory Law student Alex Whitman 10L was selected as a recipient of the prestigious Burton Award for Legal Achievement. Whitman’s article, “Pinpoint Redistricting and the Minimization of Partisan Gerrymandering,” earned him a spot as one of 15 law school winners from across the country.

“I was surprised to win the award,” said Whitman, executive symposium editor for the Emory Law Journal. “I worked extremely hard on that comment and had no idea that it would measure up against any in the nation. I am a bit of a perfectionist. When I turned it in, I never thought it would be published let alone win an award.”

The Burton Award, presented annually by the Burton Foundation, is a program dedicated to rewarding effective legal writing. The award recognizes lawyers and law students who “use plain, clear and concise language and avoid archaic, stilted legalese.” Student recipients are selected from nominations by their law schools deans.

Whitman will be honored at an awards ceremony at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., on Monday, June 14. Guest speakers at the event include U.S Supreme Court Justice Ruth Ginsburg, author and CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin and legal author Bryan Garner.

“This comment is probably the most influential thing in my life,” Whitman said. “It helped me get a clerkship with a federal judge in Texas after graduation. To win this award is just icing on the cake—a crowning achievement.”

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