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Finalists Announced for 2015 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction

The University of Alabama and the ABA Journal announced the finalists for the 2015 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction late last week. This year’s finalists are: Terminal City by Linda Fairstein, My Sister’s Grave by Robert Dugoni, and The Secret of Magic by Deborah Johnson.Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction

Authorized by Ms. Lee, the annual award for legal fiction is given to a book-length fictional work that “best exemplifies the role of lawyers in society, and their power to effect change.” Past winners include The Confession by John Grisham, 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 Sept. 3, in conjunction with the Library of Congress National Book Festival. The winner will receive a signed copy of To Kill a Mockingbird.

You can help select this year’s winner by voting on the ABA Journal‘s website. The public vote will be weighted and count as the fifth vote along with those from the 2015 Selection Committee, which includes Roy Blount, Jr., author and humorist; Wayne Flynt, author and Alabama historian; Mary McDonagh Murphy, independent film and television writer and producer; and Michele Norris, NPR host and special correspondent

Voting ends on June 3, 2015. Let us know who you voted for in the comments below and stay tuned for the announcement of the winner. Visit www.HarperLeePrize.com for more information.

Scholar Nicholas Vincent Delivers Final Magna Carta Lecture

The Law Library recently welcomed Magna Carta expert Nicholas Vincent for its final program in the Magna Carta Lecture Series. Vincent, professor of medieval history at the University of East Anglia, gave a lively and visual presentation titled “Magna Carta: From Runnymede to Washington: Old Laws, New Discoveries.” In his lecture, Vincent illustrated Magna Carta’s […]

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 […]

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 […]