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Laura Cannon’s Burton Award leads students’ writing honors

May 09, 2016

Laura Cannon's Burton Award leads students' writing honors

Laura Cannon (pictured with Professor Joel Friedman), winner of a national Burton Award for legal writing, also was recognized at the Tulane Law Review banquet for her work as senior managing editor.

Photo by Tracie Morris Schaefer

Laura Cannon (L ’16), Tulane Law Review’s senior managing editor, has won a Burton Award for Distinguished Legal Writing, one of the country’s most prestigious and competitive honors in legal writing.

It’s the second time in three years that a Tulane Law student has been recognized with the award. Annalisa Cravens (L ’14) was Tulane’s first honoree in the highly competitive program, which celebrates writing across the legal profession.

Cannon is one of three Tulane Law students winning high-profile writing awards this spring:

Burton Award

The Burton Foundation, which started the awards in 1999, partners with the Library of Congress to host an annual gala honoring the winners. The American Bar Association joined as a co-sponsor in 2015. The 2016 event is scheduled for May 23 at the Library of Congress, highlighted by an address from U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer.

Student winners are selected by a committee that includes some of the nation’s leading legal scholars. All U.S. law schools can nominate one piece of student writing.

Cannon’s piece, “Indecent Communications: Revenge Porn and Congressional Intent of §230(c),” was published in the Tulane Law Review. The commentary argues that the federal Communications Decency Act, which protects internet freedom, wasn’t intended to provide legal immunity for websites that allow individuals to post explicit and offensive material designed to harm others. 

Cannon, who’s from Mandeville, received an undergraduate degree in political science and history from Tulane University. Her law school activities included working as a research assistant to Professor Keith Werhan, tutoring first-year students, serving as Tulane Law Women president and sitting on the Dean’s Advisory Committee. She clerked for U.S. District Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown and Chief Judge Sarah Vance and is set to start as an associate for McGlinchey Stafford in New Orleans after graduation.  

Laura Cannon's Burton Award leads students' writing honors

Miles Indest (JD/MBA ’16) was honored for the best health-law article in the 2016 Bloomberg Law Write-On Competition.

Photo by Tracie Morris Schaefer

Bloomberg Law Write-On Competition

Miles Indest (JD/MBA ’16) was recognized for the best health-law article in the 2016 Bloomberg Law Write-On Competition. His piece, “Health-care Employers Must Strengthen Internal Compliance Programs to Respond to DOJ and SEC Enforcement Initiatives,” was published in the Bloomberg BNA Health Reporter and online. 

Indest, who’s from Kenner, is a member of the Tulane Law Review and was the moot court writing skills chair. He’s set to join Haynes and Boone in Houston to handle business litigation.

In October, he won the 2015 James E. Beckley Securities Arbitration and Law Writing Competition sponsored by the Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association Foundation.

Laura Cannon's Burton Award leads students' writing honors

Samantha Pfotenhauer (L ’17) won a Louisiana State Bar Association environmental law writing award.

Louisiana State Bar Association Environmental Law Essay Contest

Samantha Pfotenhauer (L ’17) won the Louisiana State Bar Association Environmental Law Essay Contest, which focuses on substantive issues involving Louisiana or federal laws. 

Her essay, “A Limited Defense of EPA’s Water Transfer Rule: Seeking a Brighter Line,” deals with the Clean Water Act and pollution discharge regulation.

Pfotenhauer, a University of North Carolina graduate from Arizona, is a Tulane Law Review member and was executive chair of the 2016 Tulane Environmental Law & Policy Summit. She plans to split the summer working for Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York then Gjerset & Lorenz in Austin. 

Amanda Crawford (L ’17), a Tulane Law Review member who was summit finance chair, received third place in the LSBA essay contest for her piece, "Nutrient Pollution and the Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone: Will Des Moines Water Works be a Turning Point?".


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