Introduction

We began with a focus on the all-important cause of perfecting legal writing. Obscure and oblique writing has no place in law. It needs to be replaced with clear, plain and concise wording. Progress toward these goals has been made and is primarily the result of the extraordinary efforts of legal writing professors in law schools throughout the country. We were always proud to join them at the forefront of the crusade to reform legal writing. We hope that through these collective efforts we will rid the profession of convoluted and stilted writing.

The success our program enjoys is largely due to the alliances forged with the Library of Congress, the American Bar Association and our Lead Sponsor Law360. We are also honored that five Supreme Court Justices have attended the event as well as Senators and Members of Congress.

Our progress is also due to the dedicated involvement of the members of our Honorary Board of Directors and our committees.

The program continues to honor 30 partners and counsel from the nation’s 1,000 largest law firms. At the same time, we continue to select the top 15 law school student writers from law schools all across the nation. Over the past 20 years the program has grown much bigger and broader. We now include rewards to the nation’s finest general counsel, lawyers in the executive branch and military, as well as journalists and jurists.