Ten Washington-based lawyers will be among the recipients of the Burton Awards for Legal Achievement, which will be presented at the Library of Congress on June 14. The annual awards, now in their 11th year, honor the year’s best legal writing.
This year, the Burton Foundation is honoring 30 papers by lawyers at 30 law firms.
The nonprofit foundation was founded by Sagat Burton partner William C. Burton, an "outspoken advocate" of plain language and modernized legal writing, according to the Burton Awards Web site.
Applications for the awards were submitted by the managing partners of the nation’s 100 largest law firms, as well as by law school deans. The winners were chosen by professors from Harvard Law School, the University of Pennsylvania Law School and the University of Michigan Law School, among others.
The 10 Washington-based lawyers are as follows.
Christopher Tierney, an associate with Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, is one of two authors of "Have Economic Times Expanded Reach of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act?"
Michael Remington, a partner at Drinker Biddle & Reath, and Philip Cardinale, an associate, wrote "User-Generated Content, Online Fair Use and the DMCA’s ‘Good Faith’ Requirement."
David Kelly, a partner at Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, and Lynn Jordan, of counsel, wrote "Twenty Years of Rogers v. Grimaldi: Balancing the Lanham Act with the First Amendment Rights of Creators of Artistic Works."
John Heintz, a partner at Kelley Drye & Warren, and Elizabeth Johnson, an associate, were two of the three authors of "Insurance Coverage for Climate Change Suits: The Battle Has Begun."
Alexandra Steinberg Barrage, of counsel at Morrison & Foerster, is one of the three authors of "SemCrude, Setoff, and the Collapsing Triangle: What Contract Parties Should Know."
Jay Silberg, a partner at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, is one of two authors of "Nuclear Waste Is Piling Up."
Edward McNicholas, a partner at Sidley Austin, wrote "National Security Letters: Practical Advice for Understanding and Handling Exceptional Requests."