Conservative Lawyer David Rivkin Wins Prestigious Award

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Former White House lawyer, David B. Rivkin, Jr. is having quite a run. On the heels of his national success planning and leading the lawsuit by 26 plaintiff states challenging the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, Rivkin is being honored as one of the best law firm writers in America.

The prestigious 2011 Burton Award for Legal Achievement has been awarded to Rivkin for his Washington Post article, “Why the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Policy is Doomed,” which ran in the Feb. 13, 2010 edition.

The article, written by Rivkin and his Baker Hostetler law colleague Lee A. Casey, explained in detail why Congress could no longer mandate discrimination in the armed forces based on sexual orientation, especially when senior leadership in the military did not see “a significant threat to unit cohesion.”

The award ceremony will be held at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. on June 13, 2011 at Coolidge Auditorium and Great Hall with guest speaker Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. 

The submissions were judged by an academic board led by Virginia Wise, a renowned teacher at Harvard Law School; Anne E. Kringel, a widely recognized expert in legal writing at the University of Pennsylvania Law School; Grace Tonner, a prominent dean from the University of California Law School at Irvine; Judge Ed Forstenzer, a distinguished judge from California’s Superior Court (retired); and William Ryan, a direct descendent of Noah Webster.


About David Rivkin

David Rivkin is an attorney in private practice and partner at Baker Hostetler in Washington, D.C., who has had a lengthy career distinguished by service in the White House during two presidents’ terms, in the U.S. Department of Justice and in the U.S. Department of Energy. He is a well-known writer and media commentator on matters of constitutional and international law, as well as foreign and defense policy. He is a visiting fellow at the Nixon Center, contributing editor at the National Review, and a member of the Advisory Council at National Interest magazine. He currently serves as co-chairman of the Center for Law and Counterterrorism at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. He also represents foreign governments and corporate entities on legal, political, defense, economy and public relations matters.

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