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2015 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction

Starting in 2012,  I have posted information about this award and have enjoyed following the nominees and winners.  I look forward to seeing which titles are selected for this year’s award. The following is a guest post by Monique Fields, manager of communications at the University of Alabama School of Law.

The University of Alabama School of Law and the ABA Journal have announced the 2015 call for entries for the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction. The prize is awarded annually to a published work of fiction that best illuminates the role of lawyers in society and their power to effect change. Only works published in 2014 qualify. The deadline for entries is March 31.Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction

Five years ago, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the publication of To Kill A Mockingbird and to honor former Alabama law student and author Harper Lee, the University of Alabama School of Law and the ABA Journal partnered to award the first Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction. Past winners were: The Fifth Witness by Michael Connelly, Havana Requiem by Paul Goldstein and Sycamore Row by John Grisham.

The 2015 prize will be awarded in Washington, D.C., on September 3, 2015, in conjunction with the Library of Congress National Book Festival, which will be held on Saturday, September 5, 2015, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.  The winner will receive a signed copy of To Kill a Mockingbird.

For more information, visit harperleeprize.com or contact Monique Fields at mfields@law.ua.edu.

Inside the Rosa Parks Collection

The following is a guest post by Liah Caravalho, program specialist with the Office of Legislative and External Relations at the Law Library of Congress.  Liah’s previous contributions include: Magna Carta Event Celebrates Constitution Day and An Interview with Kenneth W. Mack, Inaugural Lawrence D. Biele Professor of Law. On Wednesday, March 11, 2015, the Law […]

Magna Carta Lecture Series – Magna Carta from Runnymede to Washington: Old Laws, New Discoveries

The Library’s final program of the Magna Carta Lecture series will feature noted Magna Carta scholar Nicholas Vincent on Monday, April 6, 2015. Professor Vincent will present his lecture: “Magna Carta from Runnymede to Washington: Old Laws, New Discoveries” at 1:00 p.m. in the Montpelier Room, located on the sixth floor of the James Madison […]

Wrapping up Magna Carta

For ten weeks, the Library of Congress hosted a whirlwind of events and activities that surrounded the exhibition, Magna Carta: Muse and Mentor. Activities began the day before the exhibition opened when the Law Library of Congress hosted the Chief Justice of the United States, John G. Roberts, Jr., and the former chief justice of […]

Final Magna Carta Gallery Talk – Pic of the Week

For me the Library of Congress exhibition, Magna Carta: Muse and Mentor, actually began on November 5th, a day before the exhibit was open to the public.  Those of us who were fortunate enough to be docents for the exhibit had the privilege of meeting with Christopher Woods, director of the British National Conservation Service, […]

Gallery Talk – Pic of the Week

This week I had the pleasure of attending a gallery talk on “Military Authority and the Internment of Japanese Americans during World War II,” which was given by Robert Brammer of the Law Library and Eiichi Ito from the Library of Congress Asian Division.  This gallery talk was one of several that have been given […]

A Magna Carta Coin – Pic of the Week

One of the keepsakes given at the Library of Congress’s pre-inaugural black-tie gala for the ongoing Magna Carta exhibition was the commemorative coin depicted below. The coin’s obverse shows the name of the exhibition, Magna Carta: Muse and Mentor. Its reverse shows a reproduction of a medallion that appears on the title page of a 1774 imprint of […]

Human Rights Day Event Scheduled for February 2015

The following is guest post by Constance Johnson, a senior legal information analyst at the Law Library of Congress.  Connie is chair of the Law Library’s planning committee for Human Rights Day and has previously written or co-written a number of posts for In Custodia Legis. Today is the world’s Human Rights Day, a day proclaimed by the […]