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Former ABA president Hubbard receives new
Burton Award for 'Leadership in Law'

The Burton Awards for Legal Achievement were launched 17 years ago primarily to recognize good legal writing. But over the years, the awards have expanded, with a variety of categories recognizing excellence also in teaching, journalism, public service in government, public interest work and efforts by general counsel.

This year brings a new category: Leadership in Law. The first recipient is William C. Hubbard, whose tenure as ABA president in 2014-2015 caught the eye of the Burton Foundation—particularly Hubbard’s willingness to take on the kinds of controversial issues within the legal profession that guarantee pushback from various groups of lawyers.

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