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BURTON AWARDS FOR LEGAL ACHIEVEMENT Brian Rubin and Christian Cannon were honored with the 2006 Burton Award for Legal Achievement for their article, “The House That the Regulators Built: An Analysis of Whether Respondents Should Litigate Against NASD,” published in the Bureau of National Affairs’ Securities Regulation & Litigation Report last May. Rubin is a partner and Cannon an associate at Sutherland Asbill & Brennan. The Burton Awards, now in their seventh year, were established by William Burton, a lawyer and author of The Legal Thesaurus, to promote and reward the refinement and enrichment of good legal writing. Winners were selected by an academic committee composed of educators from the law schools of Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania and leading members of the legal profession and the judiciary. Rubin, a former deputy chief counsel with the National Association of Securities Dealers’ enforcement department, and Cannon, a former NASD registered representative, reviewed five years of disciplinary proceedings and found fraud respondents represented by counsel were successful in getting lower sanctions 60 percent of the time.
CASA OF MARYLAND CASA of Maryland, an immigrants’ rights advocacy organization, presented an award to Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom and, particularly, partner Andrew Sandler, pro bono counsel Donald Salzman, associates Jennifer Taylor and Sonia Zeledon, and legal assistant Heather Rankie for their “outstanding contribution to CASA of Maryland and support of the rights of low-wage workers.” Gustavo Torres, CASA’s executive director, cited Skadden’s efforts to establish case law in the 4th Circuit on wage and hour claims and the rights of alien workers to receive compensation for past work. Founded in 1985, CASA of Maryland is a community organization that provides legal counseling to Central Americans.
U.S. SENTENCING COMMISSION David Debold has been selected to serve as co-chairman of the Practitioners Advisory Group. The committee is one of two standing advisory groups to the U.S. Sentencing Commission and offers formal and informal input on various issues, including proposed amendments to the Federal Sentencing Guidelines and proposals to amend federal sentencing law. Debold is of counsel in Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher’s litigation department. � Nathan Carlile
Please send notices of D.C.-area honors or appointments to Nathan Carlile.

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