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Partner Peter B. Pope Wins Prestigious Burton Award for Distinguished Legal Writing

Jenner & Block Partner Peter B. Pope has been named a “2012 Distinguished Legal Writing Award” winner by the Burton Awards for Legal Achievement.  As such, he is one of 35 of the best law firm writers, selected for this honor from entries submitted by the country’s 1,000 largest and most prestigious law firms.

Mr. Pope was recognized for his article titled "Prosecutorial Investigation Standards: Guidance Through the Thorny Thicket that Precedes Charging," which was published as the cover story in the Spring 2011 issue of the American Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Magazine.

The Burton Awards is a unique national awards program that was established in 1999.  It is run in association with the Library of Congress and rewards great achievements in law, with an emphasis on writing and reform.  This year’s winning articles were selected by a group of judges and law school professors and deans, including professors from Harvard Law School, the University of Pennsylvania Law School and the University of Michigan Law School.

Mr. Pope will be presented with his award at an event to be held at the Library of Congress on June 11.  The program will feature an address by retired United States Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, who will be the guest of honor.

Mr. Pope is the Firm’s New York Office Chair of the White Collar Defense and Investigations Practice.  He is a seasoned civil and criminal litigator with extensive experience in both the public and private sector.  He has conducted corporate internal investigations in the Far East, Africa, Latin America, Europe and the United States, and has represented clients charged in criminal cases in federal and state court.  Mr. Pope began his legal career as an Assistant District Attorney in the New York County District Attorney's Office and rose to Deputy Chief, Labor Racketeering Unit.  He became Special Counsel to the New York State Attorney General, and later was named Deputy Attorney General in charge of the 100-lawyer Criminal Division of the New YorkState Attorney General's Office.  He also served as the Director of Policy for New York State under two governors.

Mr. Pope has served as a member of the American Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Standards Committee.