The Warren E. Burger Prize is a writing competition designed to encourage outstanding scholarship that “promotes the ideals of excellence, civility, ethics and professionalism within the legal profession,” the core mission of the American Inns of Court. The American Inns of Court invites judges, lawyers, professors, students, scholars, and other authors to participate in the competition by submitting an original, unpublished essay of 10,000 to 25,000 words on a topic of their choice addressing issues of legal excellence, civility, ethics and professionalism.
The judges for the competition are Professor Stephen Gillers, Chair, Emily Kempin Professor of Law at the New York University School of Law; Professor Geoffrey C. Hazard, Jr., Trustee Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School; Professor Nancy J. Moore, Nancy Barton Scholar and Professor of Law at the Boston University School of Law; and, Professor Robert M. Wilcox, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law at the University of South Carolina School of Law.
The author of the winning essay will receive a cash prize of $5,000 and the essay will be published in the South Carolina Law Review. This prize will be presented to the recipient at the American Inns of Court annual Celebration of Excellence at the Supreme Court of the United States. Please visit the Celebration of Excellence Web page for the date and other details.
Please be sure to reference and follow the Warren E. Burger Prize Rules and complete the Warren E. Burger Cover Page before submitting your essay.
To submit your essay, please send a completed cover page with the required materials no later than June 1 to the American Inns of Court national office. Submissions should be addressed Cindy Dennis, American Inns of Court, 1229 King Street, Second Floor, Alexandria, VA 22314.
For additional information, contact Cindy Dennis at (571) 319-4703, or click here to email Cindy. The winning essay will be selected by September 1.
List of Recipients