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Kari L. Sutherland Named a ‘2017 Law360 Distinguished Legal Writing Award’ Winner by the Burton Awards

Butler Snow is pleased to announce Kari L. Sutherland has been named a “2017 Law360 Distinguished Legal Writing Award” winner by the Burton Awards.

This honor is awarded to only 25 writers from entries submitted by the nation’s 1,000 largest law firms. Sutherland received the Burton Award based on her articled titled “Funding Litigation and Treatment: Leveling the Playing Field or Exploiting the Little Guy,” which appeared in Pro Te: Solutio, Butler Snow’s quarterly pharmaceutical and healthcare publication.

The Burton Awards are a partnership with the Library of Congress, presented by lead sponsor Law360 and co-sponsored by the American Bar Association. This year marks its 18th anniversary. The Burton Awards are dedicated to rewarding great achievements in law, with a special emphasis on writing and reform. Award winners are selected by law school professors and judges.

Sutherland and her fellow awardees will be honored at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. on May 22. United States Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will accept the Book of the Year in Law Award at the ceremony. Chief Judge Robert Katzmann of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit will also participate in the program. The awards ceremony will be followed by a pre-dinner reception, gala and performance by impressionist and comedian, Darrell Hammond.

“We congratulate Kari on winning one of the prestigious Burton Awards,” said Don Clark, Jr., chairman of Butler Snow. “This honor illustrates both Kari’s litigation knowledge and excellent writing abilities.”

Sutherland focuses her practice on drug and device litigation and appellate and written advocacy. She has been recognized in Mid-South Super Lawyers® for personal injury defense: products and named one of the Top 250 Female Litigators in America by Benchmark Litigation. Sutherland is a member of the Mississippi, Tennessee and 5th Circuit Bar Associations, Defense Research Institute, Federalist Society, Fellowship of the Litigation Counsel of America, Lafayette County Bar Association, Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association, and Trial Attorneys of America.  She is also a former Special Agent for the U.S. Secret Service.

Sutherland received her undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama and her Juris Doctor from Mississippi College School of Law.

The Burton Awards, established in 1999, is funded by the Burton Foundation, a nonprofit, academic effort devoted to recognizing and rewarding excellence in the legal profession. The Burton Awards honors the finest accomplishments in law, including writing, reform, public service and interest, regulatory innovation and lifetime achievements in the profession.

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