The 2019 Burton Awards
In Association with The Library of Congress, Presented by Lead Sponsor Law360 and Co-Sponsored by The American Bar Association
20th Annual Burton Awards
Monday, May 20, 2019
Burton Awards event begins: Coolidge Auditorium, 4:00p.m. prompt
Cocktail Reception: Great Hall, 6:00p.m.
Gala/Dinner: Great Hall, Atrium Level, 6:30p.m. to 8:00p.m.
Event Venue: Library of Congress, Coolidge Auditorium and Great Hall.
City/State/Zip: 10 First Street, S.E., Washington, D.C.
Nature of Burton Awards: The awards program is designed to reward major achievements in the law, ranging from literary awards to the greatest reform in law. The awards are selected by professors from Yale Law School, Harvard Law School, UC Berkeley School of Law, Stanford Law School and Columbia Law School, among others. The members of the Honorary Board of Directors are Chief Judge Richard Posner (retired), 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals; U.S. Senator John Cornyn; U.S. Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr.; U.S. Senator Mike Crapo; U.S. Senator Michael F. Bennet; Supreme Court Justice Carol Corrigan of California; Yabo Lin, Partner, Sidley Austin LLP; Jane Sullivan Roberts, Partner, Major, Lindsey & Africa; Lisa Rickard, President, U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform; Elissa Lichtenstein, Director, Public Services Division, American Bar Association; Thomas L. Sager, Partner, Ballard Spahr LLP; Les Parrette, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Compliance Officer, Novelis Inc.; James M. Rishwain, Jr., Chairman Emeritus, Pillsbury Winthrop LLP; Betty Whelchel, Head of Public Policy & Regulatory Affairs, BNP Paribis SA; Stephen R. Mysliwiec, Partner, DLA Piper LLP (US); Leslie T. Thornton, Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, WGL Holdings, Inc. and Washington Gas; and Linda Klein, Immediate Past President, American Bar Association.
Address of Burton Awards:
245 Park Avenue, 39th Floor
New York, New York 10167
Contact Person: Morgan Wilson
Title: Associate Director
Telephone: (212) 672-1862
Approximate size/description of the audience: 500 guests
List of invited government officials, dignitaries, VIPS: The dignitaries include many of America’s managing partners and partners of the largest law firms in America, law school deans and professors from across the nation.
Is the event open to the press? Yes, but the press is not invited through any general outreach efforts. Therefore, members of the press have rarely been present.
What is the proper attire? Black tie.
Is this a fundraising event? No, fundraising events in the Jefferson Building are not permitted.
Who are the hosts and the sponsor? In association with the Library of Congress, presented by Lead Sponsor, Law360, and Co-Sponsored by American Bar Association.
About the Library of Congress, Co-Host
The Library of Congress is the research Library of the United States Congress, the de facto national library of the United States and the oldest federal cultural institution in the United States. Located in three buildings in Washington, D.C., it is the largest library in the world by shelf space and holds the largest number of books. The Library of Congress was established by Congress in 1800 and was housed in the United States Capitol for most of the 19th Century. The Library’s primary mission is researching inquiries made by members of Congress through the Congressional Research Service. Although it is open to the public, only legislators, Supreme Court justices and other high-ranking government officials may check out books.
Law360, Lead Sponsor
Law360, a LexisNexis company, is a one-stop source for legal news and analysis, covering litigation, policy developments, corporate deals, and legal industry trends. Law360 covers 50+ practice area, industry, and state sections, and its daily newsletters reach over 700,000 professionals at top law firms, Fortune 500 companies, and key government agencies every business day.
The American Bar Association, Co-Sponsor
With nearly 400,000 members, The American Bar Association is one of the largest voluntary professional membership organizations in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.
The Burton Foundation, Co-Host
The Burton Foundation is a nonprofit, cultural and academic organization devoted to further promoting the performance and stature of the legal profession.
William C. Burton, Founder and Chair
The Founder and Chair of The Burton Awards for Legal Achievement is William C. Burton, Esq., a partner in the law firm of Sagat|Burton LLP. He is a former New York State Assistant Attorney General, a former New York State Assistant Special Prosecutor, and the author of the first legal thesaurus ever written for the profession of law, Burton’s Legal Thesaurus, (5th edition), published by McGraw-Hill. He was presented the highest honor given by The Legal Writing Institute, for “significantly advancing the cause of legal writing in the profession of law.” In addition, the Law Library of Congress presented Burton with the “Blackstone Award” for exemplifying the best objectives of the Law Library of Congress and advancing the mission and activities of the Law Library of Congress.