Alexa Bordner ’18, executive articles editor for the Brooklyn Law Review, was recently honored with the Burton Distinguished Legal Writing Award. She was recognized for her note, “How New York Drinks: If and How Third-Party Providers Can Integrate with the Three-Tier System,” which appeared in volume 83, issue 1 (2017), of the journal.

“It is a tremendous honor to be recognized on a national level,” Bordner says. “I am immensely grateful to the members of the Brooklyn Law Review for their support. I’m also proud to represent Brooklyn Law School, one of the best in the nation.”

Bordner’s article explores the legal issues created by a surge of new companies that facilitate the home delivery of alcoholic beverages, as consumers increasingly make purchases online. In the case of alcohol sales, however, convenience cannot be the only consideration, she explains. New York and many other states regulate the distribution of alcoholic beverages through a three-tier licensing system of producers, wholesalers, and retailers. Bordner proposes the creation of a minimally burdensome permit for third-party providers as a potential solution that addresses the concerns of all affected parties.

“Alexa’s note exemplifies the very best of the Brooklyn Law Review: clear analysis of a relevant legal problem, culminating in a novel and workable solution,” says Professor Beryl Jones-Woodin, faculty advisor to the publication.

Bordner says her love of legal writing was nurtured by her 1L legal writing professor, Susan Greene.

“It would be an understatement to say that the fundamentals Professor Greene taught me played a major part in the overall quality of the piece,” she says. “I'm really appreciative of all the incredible professors here at the Law School who have challenged my thinking daily.”