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A Thomas Jefferson School of Law student has been selected to receive the Burton Award for Legal Achievement for 2006, one of only 15 law students across the nation to earn the coveted honor.

Jennifer Siverts, a soon-to-be cum laude graduate, was chosen from a pool of candidates nominated by law school deans across America. Each law student nominee was judged on a published law review note.

Siverts won for her article "Punishing Thoughts Too Close to Reality: A New Solution to Protect Children From Pedophiles," published in the Spring 2005 issue of the Thomas Jefferson Law Review.

"We are extremely proud of Jennifer's great accomplishment and the tremendous honor she brings to our law school," said Rudolph C. Hasl, Thomas Jefferson dean. "To be recognized as one of the top law student writers in our nation is an immeasurable achievement when you consider that Jennifer competed against the best students from the highest ranked law schools."

As a recipient of the prestigious Burton Award, Siverts and a guest will be flown all-expenses-paid to Washington, D.C., on June 12 for the elaborate award ceremonies and dinner in the Great Hall of the Library of Congress.

The theme is "Legends of the Law" and more than 400 guests are expected to attend, including judges, law school deans, managing partners in the nation's largest law firms, professors and other members of the legal community.

During the ceremonies, Siverts will be presented with an inscribed crystal obelisk.

The Burton Awards Program was founded in 1999 as a volunteer, not-for-profit academic organization dedicated to rewarding effective legal writing and hailed as one of the premier awards programs in law. The program, run in association with the Library of Congress and its law library, honors law students as well as partners in law firms who use "plain, clear and concise language in their legal writings and avoid archaic, stilted legalese."

Thomas Jefferson School of Law has been recognized nationally for the quality of its legal writing program. In 2005, the law school was ranked 16th in the country in U.S. News & World Report's first ever survey of legal writing programs.

Siverts will be recognized at a reception at Thomas Jefferson School of Law Thursday evening. The reception also will honor the efforts and achievements of other members of the Thomas Jefferson Law Review as well as the Alternative Dispute Resolution Team, the Mock Trial Team and the Moot Court Team. Those teams have achieved noteworthy status, having bested law schools such as Harvard, Georgetown, and USC in various national competitions this academic year.

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