July 26, 2012 18:02 Age: 2 yrs

Nanwani 12L, Former Transactional Law Center Director Receive Burton Awards

A class of 2012 alumna and the former executive director of Emory Law’s Center for Transactional Law and Practice both received Burton Awards for Legal Achievement this year, at a ceremony held June 11 at the Library of Congress in Washington.

Shaira Nanwani 12L is one of 14 national winners in the law school legal writing category. Tina Stark, former Emory Law professor and executive director of the Center for Transactional Law and Practice, received the award for Outstanding Contributions to Legal Writing Education.

Nanwani was recognized for writing “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.”

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.

Professor Stark joined Boston University School of Law in July 2011, where she led the school’s new transactional law program. While at Emory Law, Stark helped create the Center for Transactional Law and Practice curriculum to provide students with both doctrinal knowledge and practical skills, designed to make them practice-ready from their first day of work.

Stark’s work emphasizes the relationship between law and business, and drew upon her experience as a both a corporate lawyer and commercial banker.

Her textbook, Drafting Contracts: How and Why Lawyers Do What They Do, was published in June 2007, and the related A Handbook on Drafting Contracts, is to be published in 2012. Stark is the editor-in-chief and co-author of Negotiating and Drafting Contract Boilerplate, published in 2003.

The Burton Award for Legal Writing Education is presented to “an individual or group that has made an outstanding contribution to educating new lawyers in the field of legal analysis and/or research and writing.” Nominees are considered for excellence in teaching, program design, program support and innovative thinking or writing.

The Burton Awards were established in 1999 and are 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.

This year’s awards ceremony featured an address by retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens.

Related links:

The Burton Awards

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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