July 17, 2019

Husch Blackwell Attorneys Win Burton Award for Distinguished Legal Writing

By Husch Blackwell

Two of Husch Blackwell’s Denver attorneys were presented a “Distinguished Legal Writing Award” from the 2013 Burton Awards for Legal Achievement, in a ceremony held at the Library of Congress June 3. Partner David Steefel and Associate Christopher Brady were honored for their 10-page article, “The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction,” published in the April 2012 issue of The Colorado Lawyer.

Now in its 14th year, the Burton Awards is dedicated to rewarding great achievements in law with a special emphasis on writing and reform. The awards are selected by law school professors and judges, including professors from Harvard Law School; the University of Pennsylvania Law School; and the University of California, Irvine School of Law.

Brady noted that a highlight of the event for him was U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s discussion of her book, My Beloved World. “It was an honor to receive this award and be recognized along with other outstanding lawyers and Justice Sotomayor,” he said. “It is encouraging that our profession continues to recognize and encourage writing that presents complex legal issues in a clear and concise manner.”

Steefel and Brady’s article discusses the elements for establishing and defending a claim under the Hague Convention and the International Child Abduction Remedies Act, as well as various procedural aspects of such a claim — and practical guidance and useful resources for attorneys undertaking their first convention case.

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