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Penn Law student’s comment extends a 12-year winning streak for a legal writing award

June 10, 2013

For the 12th consecutive year, a Penn Law student has been named a recipient of the Burton Distinguished Legal Writing Award.

Jennifer Berman L’13, is one of 15 student authors selected from the nation’s law schools to receive the 2013 award. 
The Burton Awards for Legal Achievement, held in Association with the Library of Congress, is an academic, nonprofit, foundation formed in 1999. The awards program is designed to reward major achievements in the law, ranging from literary awards to the greatest reform in law. Burton Distinguished Legal Writing Award is presented to authors who have written outstanding articles which are clear, concise, and comprehensive, the awards 
Berman was recognized for her article “Padilla v. Kentucky: Overcoming Teague’s ‘Watershed’ Exception to Non-Retroactivity,” which was published in the November 2012 issue of the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law, where she served as articles editor.
The 14th annual Burton Awards ceremony was held at the Library of Congress on June 3, 2013. The program honors 30 partners and counsel from the nation’s 1,000 largest law firms and also selects the top 15 law school student writers from all the law schools in the nation. The black tie gala was attended by many of America’s managing partners and partners of the largest law firms in America, law school deans, and professors from across the nation and also included a performance by Emmy, Grammy and Tony Nominee Vanessa Williams.