Alumna & Ph.D. Student Wins Law Writing Award

June 21, 2009

Incoming Ph.D. student (and Georgia Tech bachelor’s and master’s
graduate) Casey Fiesler has received a 2009 Burton Award for an article
she published in the Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment and Technology
Law.

Modeled after the Pulitzer Prizes, the Burton Awards for Legal Achievement
began in 1999 as a way to honor the best writing in the legal
profession. Fiesler, who earned her M.S. in the human-computer
interaction program and whose doctoral work will be in human-centered
computing, wrote “Everything I Need to Know I Learned from Fandom: How
Existing Social Norms Can Help Shape the Next Generation of
User-Generated Content” while in law school at Vanderbilt in Nashville,
Tenn. She received her Burton Award at a ceremony at the Library of
Congress in Washington on June 15, a month after she picked up her law
degree from Vanderbilt.

“My writing draws on an eclectic mix of
education, passion and perspective--plus the breadth of my considerable
reading,” Fiesler said. “It's heartening to see that the legal
community responding to the voice I've developed, and I'm grateful to
be honored with this award."