Carrie Turner ('09) Presented with the 2014 Distinguished Legal Writing Award

The Burton Awards, in associaton with the Library of Congress, honor BU Law grad.

carrie turnerCarrie Turner (’09) cut her teeth in legal writing while serving as editor-in-chief of the Boston University School of Law Public Interest Law Journal. She fine-tuned those skills the following year serving as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Boyce F. Martin, Jr., of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Now an associate with Mound Cotton Wollan & Greengrass in New York, she has been awarded the 2014 Distinguished Legal Writing Award, presented by the Burton Awards in association with the Library of Congress, placing her among “the finest law firm writers of 2014.”

While she was a student at BU Law, Turner was mentored by Professor Tracey Maclin and Professor Alan Feld, for whom she worked as a research assistant. “They, along with Judge Martin, were instrumental in teaching me critical analysis and how to write a legal argument,” says Turner.

Turner is one of only 30 authors per year to receive a Burton Award, selected from among nominations from the nation’s 1,000 largest law firms. The submissions were reviewed by an academic board led by Virginia Wise of Harvard Law School, which included William C. Burton, author of Burton’s Legal Thesaurus. Also on the board were legal writing experts from Stanford Law School, Columbia Law School, California’s Superior Court, and the White House Plain Language Committee.

The article, co-authored by Turner, Michael Koblenz, and Kenneth Labbatte, is entitled “LIBOR: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know But Were Afraid to Ask” and was published in The Journal of Business, Entrepreneurship & the Law. It aims to familiarize the reader with the genesis and development of the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) as well as to explain how and why London bankers manipulated the LIBOR, the liability of implicated parties, criminal penalties, the impact of criminal penalties on director and officer insurance carriers, and what the future holds for the LIBOR.

Turner researched the LIBOR rigging scandal extensively, reviewing several years’ worth of news coverage, reports generated by regulatory agencies, economic studies, and court filings related to LIBOR-based litigation. “The scandal was unfolding as we worked,” Turner says, “and we had to rewrite the article several times prior to publication to try to incorporate the news that was coming out.”  Even now, government investigations and litigation springing from the scandal are ongoing, and Turner says that she and her coauthors may publish a second LIBOR article picking up where the last left one off.

The Burton Awards were presented on June 9 at a ceremony followed by a gala and performance by comedian, actor, and former television host Jay Leno. Also honored at the event were Chief Judge Robert A. Katzmann of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, who was presented with the “Reform in Law Award” for his work with the Immigrant Justice Corps Project, and retired Justice John Paul Stevens, who was presented with the “Book of the Year in Law” award for his book Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Constitution.

Turner looks forward to publishing additional articles focused on the banking industry. In addition to her legal career, she also is a fiction writer and painter involved in several ongoing creative ventures.

Reported by Sara Womble
Reported July 9, 2014

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