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March 22, 2013

Professor Emerita Mary Lawrence Honored with Prestigious Burton Award

Mary Lawrence, University of Oregon School of Law professor emerita, is this year’s recipient of the Burton Award for Outstanding Contributions to Legal Writing Education. The award honors outstanding contributions in the area of legal writing, and in particular to the education of new lawyers in the area of legal analysis and research and writing. The award will be presented to Professor Lawrence at the Burton Awards Fourteenth Annual Awards Program and Gala at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., on June 3, 2013. 

Hosted by the Library of Congress and the Burton Foundation, the black tie event, which began in 2000, focuses on awarding effective legal writing. Approximately 500 individuals are expected to attend the 2013 event, including government officials as well as law school and law firm dignitaries.

In 1978, Professor Lawrence played a vital role in the inception of a Legal Research and Writing program at Oregon Law, which is now a nationally ranked program. She created a program with a major focus on legal analysis, and emphasis on statutes and agency regulations. In founding the current curriculum, she created one of the first programs in the nation that employed full-time instructors who were law graduates. This is now the model nationwide. Professor Lawrence led Oregon Law’s Legal Research and Writing program until 2000 when she retired.

Professor Lawrence has dedicated her career to the scholarship and teaching of legal research and writing. She won numerous awards for this dedicated service to the legal profession including a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013 from the Association of Legal Writing Directors and the Legal Writing Institute, and a Meritorious Service Award in 2010 from Oregon Law – just to name a few.

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