Cal. Litig. 2014, Volume 27, Number 2

Editor’s Foreword This Award-Winning Publication (?)

By Benjamin G. Shatz

If you’re the sort of person who reads an editor’s foreword, then you’re probably also the sort of reader who will be very excited by the following news item.

In April, I received an email with the subject line: "California Litigation article gets award!" Apparently, the Burton Awards (, a nonprofit, run in association with the Library of Congress, selected one of "our" articles from last year to receive a national 2014 Distinguished Legal Writing award. The acclaimed article was Warning: The Internet May Contain Traces of Nuts (Or, When and How to Cite to Internet Sources) (2013) 26:1 California Litigation 4 — an excellent piece that I’m sure you remember well. (And if not, perhaps that’s motivation to pull out that back issue and enjoy it again. You are keeping all your old issues, aren’t you?)

The award, of course, was for that particular article — not this esteemed journal per se. So all credit and glory truly belong to the article’s author: Paul J. Killion, certified appellate specialist, partner at Duane Morris LLP in San Francisco, and incredibly bright and generous fellow. Those first two facts can be confirmed by Internet searches. The last characterization comes from my own personal experience, having served with Paul on the State Bar Committee on Appellate Courts. To put a finer point on the point, the email about how a California Litigation (emphasis added) article won an award came from Paul himself. (Naturally. He’d be the first to learn of his own outstanding accomplishment.) But with an open heart, he graciously shared the warmth of his success by spreading his good news as if the publication itself were honored.

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