Mason Student Takes Burton Prize for Eighth Consecutive Year
Presentation of a prestigious Burton Award for excellence in legal writing to a George Mason law student has become an annual affair: third-year student Kelsey Wilbanks has been selected for the 2014 honor representing the eighth consecutive year that the award has been given to a Mason student. Wilbanks has won the award for her student comment, "The Challenges of 3D Printing to the Repair-Reconstruction Doctrine in Patent Law." Wilbanks' Comment is published in the George Mason Law Review.
As a Burton Award winner, Wilbanks has been invited to attend the organization's 15th 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 June 9. The Honorable Robert Katzmann, Chief Judge of the U.S. Second Circuit, will be honored with the “Reform in Law Award.” Comedian and former television host Jay Leno will perform.
Founded in 1999, the Burton Awards program is run in association with the Library of Congress and its Law Library. Nominations for the awards are made by law school deans and managing partners of the 1000 largest U.S. law firms. Fifteen law school winners are selected annually by the Burton Awards academic board to honor with a "Distinguished Legal Writing Award."