April 16, 2013

Jenner & Block Partner Gabriel A. Fuentes has been named a “2013 Distinguished Legal Writing Award” winner by the Burton Awards for Legal Achievement.  The honor is given to only 30 authors from entries submitted by the nation’s 1,000 largest law firms.

Gabe was recognized for his article titled "Toward a More Critical Application of Daubert in Criminal Cases: Fingerprint Opinion Testimony After the National Academy of Sciences Report,” which was published in the October 2012 Bloomberg BNA Expert Evidence Report

The Burton Awards, a unique national awards program established in 1999 and patterned after the Pulitzers, is run in association with the Library of Congress and rewards great achievements in law, with an emphasis on writing and reform.  The program honors partners who use plain, clear and concise language in their writing.  The winning articles were selected by a panel of judges and law school professors and deans, including professors from Harvard Law School, the University of Pennsylvania Law School and the University of California Law School at Irvine; a retired California Superior Court judge; and the former chair of the White House Plain Language Committee.

Gabe will be presented with his award at an event to be held at the Library of Congress on June 3.  For this year’s ceremony, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor will be presented with the “Contemporary Book of the Year in Law Award” for My Beloved World.  Singer Vanessa Williams will perform.

This is the second consecutive year that a Jenner & Block partner has won this award.  Last year, Peter Pope was honored for his article “Prosecutorial Investigation Standards: Guidance Through the Thorny Thicket that Precedes Charging," published in the American Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Magazine.