For the seventh consecutive year, A George Mason University Law School student has won the Burton Award for excellence in legal writing.  This year, George Mason Law Review’s Raven Merlau was selected for this prestigious honor.  Raven served as Notes Editor for George Mason Law Review in 2012-2013, and her Comment, “The State Giveth and the State Taketh: Constitutional Pension Protections and the Retroactive Removal of Public Pension Tax Exemptions,” was published in George Mason Law Review Issue 19:5.

As a Burton Award winner, Raven has been invited to attend the organization’s 14th annual black-tie presentation of the Burton Awards at a reception and dinner in the Great Hall of the Library of Congress.  Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor of the U.S. Supreme Court will be presented with the Contemporary Book of the Year in Law Award at the event, which will also feature a performance by Emmy, Grammy, and Tony Award nominee Vanessa Williams.