News Release: Law, Student Life

Apr. 29,  2010

Emory Law Student Wins 2010 Burton Award

Emory University School of Law student Alex Whitman has been named 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.

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, executive symposium editor for the Emory Law Journal, says he was surprised to win the award. "I worked extremely hard on that comment and had no idea that it would measure up against any in the nation," he says.

Whitman, who is graduating from Emory Law May 10, will be honored at a ceremony at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., on June 14. Guest speakers at the event will 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 says. "It helped me get a clerkship with a federal judge in Texas after graduation."

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