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Penn Law student’s comment extends an 11-year winning streak for a legal writing award

May 04, 2012

For the 11th consecutive year, a Penn Law student has been named a recipient of the Burton Distinguished Legal Writing Award.

Helen Eisner L’12, is one of 15 student authors selected from the nation’s law schools to receive the 2012 award.
The Burton Awards for Legal Achievement are administered annually by an independent non-profit organization in association with the Library of Congress. Eisner was recognized for her article “Disabled, Defenseless, and Still Deportable: Why Deportation without Representation Undermines Due Process Rights of Mentally Disabled Immigrants,” which was published in the December 2011 issue of the University of Pennsylvania  Journal of Constitutional Law, where she served as senior editor.
Eisner was nominated by the editors of her journal. Each year editors of the various Penn Law journals nominate the best student comment they published during the preceding calendar year to Anne Kringel,  Legal Writing Director and Senior Lecturer. Kringel then chooses the one piece that will be submitted by the Law School for the award.
“Helen’s piece is exemplary of the Penn articles that have won the Burton Award over the years,” Kringel said. “It is well reasoned and tackles an important issue, but it is also beautifully written – clear, cogent, and a joy to read.”
Kringel serves on the Academic Board for the Burton Awards, but doesn’t participate in the consideration of Penn submissions.
Eisner, who was previously one of two winners of the Lipman Redman Prize for the best first-year appellate brief, is a law clerk at the Office of Congressional Ethics.

She will be recognized at the 13th annual Burton Awards ceremony, to take place at the Library of Congress on June 11, 2012. Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens is the scheduled speaker. Bernadette Peters, the two-time Tony Award winning actress, is also on the program.