Emory Law’s Nanwani 12L Wins Burton Award for Distinguished Legal Writing
Emory Law’s Shaira Nanwani 12L has been named one of 14 national winners in the law school division of the 2012 Burton Awards for Legal Achievement.
Nanwani received the Distinguished Legal Writing Award for her paper “The Burqa Ban: An Unreasonable Limitation on Religious Freedom or a Justifiable Restriction?” Her comment was published in a 2011 issue of Emory International Law Review.
The paper discusses France’s “burqa ban,” which went into effect in April 2011.
In the 45-page comment, Nanwani argues “the burqa ban is an unjustifiable restriction upon the fundamental freedom of religion guaranteed by Article 9 of the European Convention.
The Burton Award was established in 1999 and is presented annually by the Burton Foundation, which states its aim is to be “a central and pivotal voice against convoluted and stilted writing,” and to replace “obscure and turgid writing” with “clear, plain and concise wording.” Student recipients are selected from nominations by their deans.
An awards ceremony is scheduled for June 11 at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., and features an address by retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens.
Nanwani is the ninth Emory Law student to win the Burton award. Past recipients include Adam McDonell Moline 11L, Alex J. Whitman 10L, James McDonough III 07L, Jason D. Medinger 04L, Jason R. Edgecombe 99C 03L, Rachel D. King 02L, Gordon L. Hamrick 96OX 98C 01L and James R. Robinson 00L.
Emory International Law Review, “The Burqa Ban: An Unreasonable Limitation on Religious Freedom or a Justifiable Restriction?” (PDF link at right column)
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