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Three Alums Awarded with Prestigious Legal Writing Accolades 

Three CUA Law alums received prestigious legal writing honors at the 11th annual Burton Awards event held June 14 at the Library of Congress. 

Among those honored at the black-tie ceremony was recent CUA Law graduate and former Catholic University Law Review editor-in-chief David A. Brewer, who was recognized with the 2010 Distinguished Legal Writing Award in the law student category for his article titled “A Cross in the Road: Salazar v. Buono and the Circuit Divide on the Establishment Clause Remedial Question." It appeared in the spring 2009 edition of Catholic University Law Review. Brewer is one of 15 law students in the nation who were chosen for the honor, and he is the second CUA Law student to receive this nationally recognized distinction. 

Earning the 2010 Legal Writing Award in the law firm category was Christopher E. Tierney, Class of 2002, and Erin M. Verneris, Class of 1995. Tierney is an associate with Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, and was honored for his article, “Have Economic Ties Expanded Reach of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act?,” which was co-authored with partner Stephanie J. Meltzer. It appeared in the August 10, 2009, edition of the New York Law Journal. Verneris is an attorney with Faegre & Benson LLP and was honored along with co-author and firm partner Bridget M. Ahmann for their article, “Name Brand Exposure for Generic Drug Use: Prescription for Liability,” Hamline Law Review, Volume 32, Number 3 (Summer 2009). 

The Burton Awards are dedicated to recognizing partners in law firms and law school students who use “plain, clear and concise language and avoid archaic stilted legalese.” Award recipients are selected from nominations by deans of all of the law schools in America, as well as from nominations by managing partners of the 1,000 largest U.S. law firms. 

The guest speakers at the eleventh anniversary program included Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Jeffrey Toobin, CNN’s senior analyst and author of The Nine, and prominent legal author Bryan Garner.