VLS students win prestigious Burton Awards two years running

Blair Druhan
Blair Druhan (photo by Sandy Campbell)

A Vanderbilt Law student has been honored with a prestigious Burton writing award for the second year in a row. Blair Druhan, J.D./Ph.D. Class of 2015, received a Burton Award for Distinguished Legal Writing for her 2013 Vanderbilt Law Review Note, “Severe or Pervasive: An Analysis of Who, What, and Where Matters When Determining Sexual Harassment.”

Druhan, who is pursuing a Ph.D. in law and economics as well as a law degree, was one of 15 law students nationwide to win a 2014 Burton Award. The annual awards are sponsored by the Burton Foundation, which established an awards program in 1999 to reward “great achievements in law” ranging from legal writing to publications to legal reforms.

Druhan is currently writing her dissertation, titled “Judicial and Agency Enforcement of Nondiscrimination Laws,” which addresses the consequences of employment discrimination, including sexual harassment, and the handling of employment discrimination charges. She plans to clerk for Judge Stephen A. Higginson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in 2015–16.

Nicki Moody ’13 received a 2013 Burton Award for her 2012 Vanderbilt Law Review Note, “WARNING: MAY CAUSE WARMING—Potential Trade Challenges to Private Environmental Labels.” Moody joined Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison in New York in fall 2013.


Fall 2014 Vanderbilt Law Magazine