Chloe Gordils ’19, executive articles editor of the Brooklyn Law Review, was one of 10 law school students nationally to receive the Burton Distinguished Legal Writing Award. She was recognized for her note “Google, Charlottesville, and the Need to Protect Private Employees’ Political Speech,” 84 Brooklyn Law Review 189 (2018).

“It is an incredible honor to receive praise for my note, especially if such recognition brings any attention to important employment and free speech issues,” said Gordils.

“Chloe’s note on protecting the free speech rights of private employees carefully analyzes the very real problem of trying to protect free speech when the First Amendment does not apply because it is not government doing the censorship,” said Professor Joel Gora, who advised Gordils on her note. “Her strong personal commitment to free speech and her fine lawyerly skills have combined to produce an extremely persuasive case for free speech protection and a very promising statutory proposal to try to achieve it.”

The Burton Awards were created in 1999 to honor effective legal writing, and this is the second year in a row that a Brooklyn Law School student has won. Last year, Alexa Bordner ’18, who was also executive articles editor of the Brooklyn Law Review, was selected for her note “How New York Drinks: If and How Third-Party Providers Can Integrate with the Three-Tier System,” 83 Brooklyn Law Review 251 (2017).