Professor Anne Enquist receives writing award at D.C. event

June 11, 2014

Laurel Oates, Anne Enquist, Annette ClarkReceiving a prestigious national award for legal writing education, Professor Anne Enquist recognized the leadership and faculty at Seattle University School of Law. "There really is something special going on at Seattle U," she said.

Enquist received the Burton Award for Outstanding Contributions to Legal Writing Education in an elegant ceremony at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., on June 9.

Seattle University School of Law has had the top-ranked legal writing program in the country for the last six years in a row, and has been in the top two writing programs ever since rankings began. Enquist said Seattle University was on the "ground floor" 30 years ago in establishing legal writing as an important discipline and helped create the Legal Writing Institute, which now has more than 2,800 members.

"Anne is obviously an outstanding teacher and scholar, but what is most remarkable about her work is that she has made the best interests of her students her number one priority for the 34 years that she's been with us," Dean Clark said at the awards ceremony, introducing Enquist.

"She is equally effective with the students who struggle and our most gifted students, and there's no question that she's changed their lives and their careers through her teaching."

Enquist is the co-author of five acclaimed legal writing books and author of a number of widely read, highly influential articles. She served on the Editorial Board for Legal Writing: The Journal of the Legal Writing Institute from 1994-2002 and chaired the Program Committee for the national conference of the Legal Writing Institute in 1994. She also served, for more than 20 years, as a director of LWI. She joined the faculty in 1980. Her co-author, Professor Laurel Oates, won the Burton award in 2007.

Yale Law School's Professor Noah Messing said Enquist received the award for "her influence in the field, her exceptional writings, and her rave reviews from students."

The Burton Awards Program is designed to reward major achievements in the law, ranging from literary awards to the greatest reform in law. The awards are selected by professors from Harvard Law School, Stanford Law School and Columbia Law School, among others.