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Student Elizabeth Maher Wins 2009 Burton Award for Legal Achievement

Third-year law student Elizabeth Maher has won a 2009 Distinguished Writing Award from the Burton Foundation. Fifteen Burton Award law school winners are selected annually from law schools across the nation to receive this award, which honors partners in law firms and law students who set a high standard for clarity and effectiveness in legal writing.

Maher's receipt of the 2009 award marks the third consecutive year that a Burton Award has been won by a Mason Law student. Alumni Andrew Grossman and Miranda Jones won the award as students in 2007 and 2008, respectively.

Maher has been invited to attend the organization's 10th annual black-tie presentation of the Burton Awards at a reception and dinner in the Great Hall of the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., on Monday evening, June 15, 2009. Included among the honorees and speakers for the event will be U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Other honorees include retired Chief Judge Judith Kaye of the New York Court of Appeals, author Bryan Garner, and television screenwriter David E. Kelley. Vonda Shepard of the television program Ally McBeal will perform at the event.

Founded in 1999, the Burton Awards program is run in association with the Library of Congress and its Law Library. Nominations for the award are made by law school deans and managing partners of the 1000 largest U.S. law firms.