Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction

The 2014 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction is Currently Accepting Entries

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Four 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.

The prize, authorized by Ms. Lee, is given annually to a book-length work of fiction, published in the preceding year, that best illuminates 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, and Havana Requiem by Paul Goldstein. The 2014 prize will be awarded in Washington, D.C. on August 28, in conjunction with the Library of Congress National Book Festival. The winner will receive a copy of To Kill a Mockingbird signed by Harper Lee.

The 2014 Harper Lee Prize Selection Committee will choose three finalists, who will be announced in May 2014.  The public will be invited to vote on the finalists on the ABA Journal website.  The winner of the public vote will be accorded the same weight as the vote of each of the judges.   The winner will be announced in August 2014.

Deadline for entries:
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Click here for entry form and details.


For questions about the Prize, please contact Helen Cauthen:  hcauthen@law.ua.edu

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