April 15, 2015

Jenner & Block Partners Craig C. Martin and Sara Tonnies Horton have been selected to receive a 2015 Burton Award for Distinguished Legal Writing. 

The article for which they are being recognized, titled “Patent Eligibility of 3D Printed Organs Will Soon Be an Issue,” was among 35 winners chosen from nominations submitted by 1,000 of the United States’ most prestigious and largest law firms.  It had been published in the June/July 2014 issue of Today’s GENERAL COUNSEL.

The Burton Awards is a unique nonprofit national awards program that was established in 1999 to recognize and reward excellence in the legal profession.  While it honors accomplishments including reform, public service, regulatory innovation and lifetime achievements, its principal focus is recognizing effective legal writing.  It is run in association with the Library of Congress.

The Academic Committee that reviewed the nominated articles included professors from Harvard, Columbia and Stanford law schools; the former chair of the White House Plain Language Committee; a retired California Superior Court judge; and William Burton, founder and chair of The Burton Awards.

The award ceremony will be held on June 15, 2015, at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC, and will feature an address by US Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.  Chief Judge Robert A. Katzmann of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit will also participate in the program.