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DU Law Student Wins Prestigious 2007 Burton Award for Legal Achievement

Sarah Riley, a third-year day division student at the Duquesne University School of Law, has been awarded a prestigious 2007 Burton Award for Legal Achievement. 

Riley was honored for her article Title IX Prohibits Retaliation Against Plaintiff Who Complains of Sex Discrimination, Even if Plaintiff is Not Recipient of Original Claim of Discrimination: Jackson v. Birmingham Board of Education. The article was a casenote on the Supreme Court Case of Jackson v. Birmingham Board of Education and was selected for publication in the Duquesne Law Review.

Established in 1999 and modeled after the Pulitzer Prize, the Burton Awards for Legal Achievement recognize excellence in legal writing and encourage the use of clear language and the avoidance of legalese. Every law school in the nation submitted an entry, with only 15 selected as Burton Award winners this year. Other law schools with winning entries include Yale, Columbia, University of Pennsylvania and Georgetown.

A 2004 graduate of Brown University and a native of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, Riley also was recently awarded a clerkship with the Honorable Dante R. Pellegrini, Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania.  She is the daughter of Marie and Kenneth Riley.

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