The American Inns of Court Warren E. Burger Prize

Deadline: 07/01/2018

Competition Website

Burger Prize Purpose

The American Inns of Court Warren E. Burger Prize is a writing competition designed to promote scholarship in the areas of professionalism, ethics, civility, and excellence.

Burger Prize Overview

The American Inns of Court invites judges, lawyers, professors, students, scholars, and other authors to participate in the competition. Please submit an original, unpublished, essay of 10,000 to 20,000 words on a topic of your choice addressing issues of legal excellence, civility, ethics, and professionalism.

Burger Prize Judges

  • Professor Stephen GillersChair
    Elihu Root Professor of Law at the New York University School of Law
  • Professor Nancy J. Moore
    Nancy Barton Scholar and Professor of Law at the Boston University School of Law
  • Dean Robert M. Wilcox
    Dean and Professor of Law at the University of South Carolina School of Law
  • Professor Nora Freeman Engstrom
    Deane F. Johnson Faculty Scholar and Professor of Law at the Stanford Law School


  • The author of the winning essay will receive a cash prize of $5,000
  • The essay will be published in the South Carolina Law Review
  • The prize will be presented to the recipient at the American Inns of Court annual Celebration of Excellence at the Supreme Court of the United States

Burger Prize Procedures

  • Review and follow the Warren E. Burger Prize Rules
  • Complete the Warren E. Burger Cover Page before submitting your essay
  • Send the completed cover page and essay no later than July 1 by e-mail to Cindy Dennis

For additional information, contact Cindy Dennis at (571) 319-4703 or by e-mail.

The winning essay will be announced on or before August 31.

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