ALEXANDRIA, Va.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Matthew P. Crouch, Esquire, has been selected to receive the prestigious American Inns of Court 2013 Warren E. Burger Prize for Writing. The prize will be presented at the 2013 American Inns of Court Celebration of Excellence to be held at the Supreme Court of the United States on October 19. The event will be hosted by Associate Justice Clarence Thomas.
“In the Aftermath: Responsibility and Professionalism in the Wake of Disaster.”
Given in the name of the 15th Chief Justice of the United States, the Warren E. Burger Prize is a writing competition designed to encourage outstanding scholarship that “promotes the ideals of excellence, civility, ethics, and professionalism within the legal profession,” the core mission of the American Inns of Court. The prize includes publication of the winning essay in South Carolina Law Review and a cash prize of $5,000.
Crouch was selected for the Burger Prize on the strength of the essay he authored, “In the Aftermath: Responsibility and Professionalism in the Wake of Disaster.” In it, he notes that disasters have the potential to “wreak havoc” on attorneys and their practices, but that their ethical obligations to their clients are not suspended. Crouch urges his fellow lawyers to assess potential risks from disasters—natural and otherwise—and plan proactively. He also expresses the hope that lawyers will ensure that vulnerable groups are protected and that standards of professionalism and civility are upheld.
Crouch was a staff attorney to Justice Christopher Antcliff on the Eighth Court of Appeals of Texas. He served as a judicial law clerk to Chief Judge Lee Jackwig of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court of the Southern District of Iowa. He previously worked as an associate attorney for Riggs, Abney, Neal, Turpen, Orbison and Lewis in Denver and as an assistant attorney general for the Office of the Attorney General of Texas.
Crouch received his J.D. in 2000 from St. Thomas University School of Law in Miami, where he served on the St. Thomas Law Review and Moot Court Board. He was student president of the Mock Trial Board and earned a Florida Bar Foundation IOTA Fellowship to work with Legal Aid. In 2002, he received his LL.M. in taxation from the University of Denver Graduate Tax Program. Among his professional achievements, Crouch was named Young Lawyer of the Year by the Denver Bar Association in 2007 and became a solicitor in England and Wales (non-practicing) in 2011.
The American Inns of Court, headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, fosters excellence in professionalism, ethics, civility, and legal skills. The organization’s membership includes more than 30,000 federal, state, and local judges; lawyers; law professors; and law students in more than 360 chapters nationwide and more than 97,000 alumni members. More information is available at www.innsofcourt.org.