The Event

The 2020 Burton Awards

Held in association with the Library of Congress, presented by lead sponsor Law360 and co-sponsored by the American Bar Association.

21st Annual Burton Awards

Monday, June 8, 2020

Burton Awards Event Begins: Coolidge Auditorium, 3:45p.m. promptly
Cocktail Reception: Great Hall, 6:00p.m.
Gala/Dinner: Great Hall, Atrium Level, 6:45p.m. to 9:45p.m​.

Event Venue: Library of Congress, Coolidge Auditorium and Great Hall.
City/State/Zip: 10 First Street, S.E., Washington, D.C.

Nature of Burton Awards: The awards program is designed to reward major achievements in the law, ranging from literary awards to the greatest reform in law. The awards are selected by professors from Yale Law School, Harvard Law School, UC Berkeley School of Law, Stanford Law School and Columbia Law School, among others. The members of the Honorary Board of Directors are Les Parrette, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Compliance Officer, Novelis Inc. and Deputy Chairman, The Burton Awards; Former Chief Judge Richard A. Posner, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit; U.S. Senator John Cornyn; U.S. Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr.; U.S. Senator Mike Crapo; U.S. Senator Michael F. Bennet; U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen; U.S. Senator Cory Gardner; U.S. Senator James E. Risch; Justice Carol A. Corrigan, California Court of Appeals; Yabo Lin, Partner, Sidley Austin LLP; Jane Sullivan Roberts, Managing Partner, Mlegal Group, Inc.; H. Rodgin Cohen, Senior Chairman, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP; Lisa A. Rickard, President, U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform, Executive Vice President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce; Tom Sager, Partner, Ballard Spahr LLP; Betty Whelchel, Head of Public Policy & Regulatory Affairs, BNP Paribas SA (retired); Linda A. Klein, Senior Managing Shareholder, Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC; and Stephen R. Mysliwiec, Partner, DLA Piper LLP (US).

Address of Burton Awards:
245 Park Avenue, 39th Floor
New York, New York 10167

Contact Person: Stacey R. Siegel
Title: Executive Director
Telephone: (212) 672-1862

E-mail address:

Approximate size/description of the audience: 500 guests

List of invited government officials, dignitaries, VIPS: The dignitaries include many of America’s managing partners and partners of the largest law firms in America, law school deans and professors from across the nation.

Is the event open to the press? Yes, but the press is not invited through any general outreach efforts. Therefore, members of the press have rarely been present.

What is the proper attire? Black tie.

Is this a fundraising event? No, fundraising events in the Jefferson Building are not permitted.

Who are the hosts and the sponsor?  Held in association with the Library of Congress, presented by lead sponsor, Law360, and co-sponsored by the American Bar Association.

About the Library of Congress, Co-Host

The Library of Congress is the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution and serves as the research arm of Congress. It is also the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, maps and manuscripts in its collections. The Library’s mission is to make its resources available and useful to the Congress and the American people and to sustain and preserve a universal collection of knowledge and creativity for future generations.

Law360, Lead Sponsor

Law360, a LexisNexis company, is a one-stop source for legal news and analysis, covering litigation, policy developments, corporate deals, and legal industry trends. Law360 covers 50+ practice area, industry, and state sections, and our daily newsletters reach over 700,000 professionals at top law firms, Fortune 500 companies, and key government agencies every business day.

The American Bar Association, Co-Sponsor

With nearly 400,000 members, the American Bar Association is one of the largest voluntary professional membership organizations in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.

The Burton Foundation, Co-Host

The Burton Foundation is a nonprofit, cultural and academic organization devoted to further promoting the performance and stature of the legal profession.

William C. Burton, Founder and Chair

The Founder and Chair of The Burton Awards for Legal Achievement is William C. Burton, Esq., a partner in the law firm of Sagat|Burton LLP. He is a former New York State Assistant Attorney General, a former New York State Assistant Special Prosecutor, and the author of the first legal thesaurus ever written for the profession of law, Burton’s Legal Thesaurus, (5th edition), published by McGraw-Hill. He was presented the highest honor given by The Legal Writing Institute, for “significantly advancing the cause of legal writing in the profession of law.” In addition, the Law Library of Congress presented Burton with the “Blackstone Award” for exemplifying the best objectives of the Law Library of Congress and advancing the mission and activities of the Law Library of Congress.