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Creighton Law Student Receives National Award for Legal Writing

Creighton Law Student Receives National Award for Legal Writing

Joseph A. Larson, of St. Paul, Minn., a third-year law student in the Creighton University School of Law has been selected as a recipient of the Burton Award for Excellence in legal writing. He is one of only 15 students across the nation receiving the award.

His winning entry, “Taming the Wild West: An Examination of Private Student Loan Companies’ Violation of Section 43 (a) of the Lanham Act” was published in the Creighton Law Review. The article argues that student loan consolidation companies that distribute notices with phrases and insignias that closely resemble those of the Department of Education should be held liable for false advertising.

An avid writer, Larson has published several short stories and was the recipient of Fifth Wednesday’s Journal’s “2008 Editor’s Prize for Fiction.” At Creighton, he has been a student mentor, on the Board of Editors of the Creighton Law Review and a two-year member of the Jessup International Law Moot Court Team.

Larson and the other 2009 award recipients will be honored at a black-tie ceremony at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., on June 15.

The nonprofit Burton Awards Program was formed in a relationship with the Library of Congress and Law Library of Congress to honor excellence and modernization in legal writing. Over the years, awards have been added to the original law schools and law firms categories to honor judicial writing, reform in law, contributions to legal writing education, and more. The award is named for William C. Burton, a partner in the international law firm of D'Amato & Lynch and the author of Burton's Legal Thesaurus.