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Temple Law Student Wins Burton Award for Fourth Time in Five Years

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April 26, 2013- Laura Adams '12 has been named a 2013 Burton Award for Distinguished Legal Writing recipient for her article "Reconsidering Spoliation Doctrine through the Lens of Tort Law." Laura is the fourth Temple Law student to be recognized with a Burton Award in the last five years.

The article, which discusses the changing nature of spoliation in the Information Age and recommends a new approach based on tort theory for determining whether to sanction destruction of evidence, is also finding an audience among practitioners. Thanks to the efforts of adjunct professor David Kessler, Laura's work has been circulated among the members of the Advisory Committee for the Federal Rules on Civil Practice, which has recently proposed an amendment to Rule 37 (e) that would create a national standard regarding the culpability that warrants sanctions for spoliation. If accepted, the amended rule would represent one of the most significant changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure in twenty years.

The Burton Awards for Legal Achievement is a nonprofit program associated with the Library of Congress. Only fifteen student authors in the nation are recognized by the Burton Awards each year.  Winners are invited to receive their awards at an event in Washington, D.C.

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