Proskauer Rose LLP has announced that Christopher Wolf, a partner in the firm's Washington, DC office, has been named a recipient of the prestigious Burton Award for Legal Achievement. He was given the award in recognition of his article, Regulating Hate Speech Qua Speech Is Not The Solution To The Epidemic Of Hate On The Internet, which appeared in two parts in the August and September 2004 issuesof The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel .
The annual awards honor 30 of the nation's finest legal writers based on submissions from the top 600 law firms in the country. This year's recipients will be honored at an awards dinner to be held in the Great Hall of the Library of Congress on June 6, 2005. Chris Matthews, host of MSNBC's Hardball withChris Matthews, will be the guest speaker.
"Chris is one of the country's top Internet lawyers and an eloquent writer," said Allen Fagin, Chairman of Proskauer Rose. "We congratulate him as a deserving recipient of this esteemed award."
Mr. Wolf's award-winning submission addressed the misuse of the Internet by terrorist and hate groups in the context of the First Amendment. He represented the Anti-Defamation League in a 2004 international conference on Internet hate in Paris sponsored by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, where he presented a paper from which the award-winning article was adapted. He has spoken on the subject of Internet hate at programs around the world.
A pioneer in Internet law (and an adjunct Professor of Law on the subject), Mr. Wolf was involved in the earliest matters regarding the Internet, including copyright infringement, jurisdictional issues and the limits of online and email marketing. As the Internet matured and personal privacy became an issue, he was also among the first to be involved in the new field of privacy and data security law, currently a large part of his practice.