Cory Schoonmaker Selected for 2016 Burton Award for Distinguished Legal Writing
Third-year law student Cory J. Schoonmaker was selected for a 2016 Burton Award for Distinguished Legal Writing (student category.) He is one of 10 law students nationally to be recognized with this award.
Schoonmaker received the honor for his article, “An ‘F’ in Due Process: How Colleges Fail When Handling Sexual Assault,” which will appear in an upcoming Syracuse Law Review. The award will be given this May at the Burton Awards Program and Gala at the Library of Congress. Supreme Court Justices Stephen Breyer and Ruth Bader Ginsburg will speak at the event.
Over the past six years, four College of Law students have won this award, which is given “to the authors of legal articles that demonstrate creativity, knowledge and know-how. While the length and subject matter of the legal articles are not limited, the winners will display true understanding and mastery of the law and contribute to the field’s need for clarity and reform in writing.” The Burton Awards academic board selects up to 15 winners each year from articles submitted by law schools around the country.
“The Burton Award is perhaps the most prestigious national recognition available for legal writing students. To be selected is a very high honor and I congratulate Cory on his accomplishment,” says Interim Dean William Banks. “Knowing that the College of Law is among the very few schools that can boast four winners in the past six years reflects the tremendous dedication and quality of our legal writing professors and curriculum.”