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David Brewer, shown here at a law review symposium on immigration in January 2010,
is the second CUA Law student to be recognized with one of the top awards in legal writing.  


3L David Brewer Named Among the Winners of the 2010 Burton Awards


Catholic University Law Review Editor-in-Chief David Brewer has been selected to receive a "2010 Distinguished Legal Writing Award" from the Burton Foundation. Brewer’s winning submission, "A Cross in the Road: Salazar v. Buono and the Circuit Divide on the Establishment Clause Remedial Question," was published in the spring 2009 edition of the Catholic University Law Review.
The 2010 Burton Awards will be presented June 14 at a black-tie ceremony at the Library of Congress. The award letter announces Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Jeffrey Toobin, author of The Nine, and legal author Bryan Garner, as "guest speakers and honored guests."
Only 15 law school students in the nation were chosen for the honor. The Burton Awards were inaugurated in 1999 as a unique national awards program dedicated to rewarding effective legal writing. The program honors partners in law firms and law school students who use plain, clear and concise language and avoid archaic, stilted legalese.
The non-profit program has quickly grown to become one of the most prominent and dynamic awards programs in law. It was founded by William C. Burton, partner in the international law firm of D'Amato & Lynch. He is also a former New York State assistant attorney general and author of the authoritative reference, Burton's Legal Thesaurus.
Guest speakers in past years at the Burton Awards have included Tom Brokaw and the late Tim Russert.  
Professor Lisa Everhart, the director of Catholic University’s Lawyering Skills Program, submitted the nomination of Brewer to the Burton Awards committee.
Brewer is the second CUA Law student to receive this nationally recognized distinction. CUA alumnus John Skees received the award in 2007 for his 2006 comment, “The Resurrection of Historic Usury Principles for Consumption Loans in a Federal Banking System."