The American Inns of Court Warren E. Burger Prize is a writing competition designed to promote scholarship in the areas of professionalism, ethics, civility, and excellence.
Burger Prize Overview
The American Inns of Court invites judges, lawyers, professors, students, scholars, and other authors to participate in the competition. Please submit an original, unpublished, essay of 10,000 to 20,000 words on a topic of your choice addressing issues of legal excellence, civility, ethics, and professionalism.
Burger Prize Judges
Professor Stephen Gillers, Chair Elihu Root Professor of Law at the New York University School of Law
Professor Nancy J. Moore Nancy Barton Scholar and Professor of Law at the Boston University School of Law
Dean Robert M. Wilcox Dean and Professor of Law at the University of South Carolina School of Law
Professor Nora Freeman Engstrom Deane F. Johnson Faculty Scholar and Professor of Law at the Stanford Law School
The author of the winning essay will receive a cash prize of $5,000
The essay will be published in the South Carolina Law Review
The prize will be presented to the recipient at the American Inns of Court annual Celebration of Excellence at the Supreme Court of the United States
Burger Prize Procedures
Review and follow the Warren E. Burger Prize Rules
Complete the Warren E. Burger Cover Page before submitting your essay
Send the completed cover page and essay no later than July 1, 2017 by e-mail to Cindy Dennis
For additional information, contact Cindy Dennis at (571) 319-4703 or by e-mail.
The winning essay will be announced on or before August 31, 2017.