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Legal History “Cohen” Essay Competition

photo of Morris CohenThe Legal History and Rare Books Special Interest Section (LHRB) of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), in cooperation with Gale Learning and Research Solutions, Cengage Learning, is conducting its Annual Morris L. Cohen Student Essay Competition.  Full- and part-time students currently enrolled in accredited graduate programs in law, history, library science, or related fields are eligible to enter.  Essays may address any topic related to legal history, rare law books, or legal archives.  Criteria on which papers will be judged include originality of topic or approach, quality and depth of research and analysis, clarity of presentation, and contribution to the field.  The winner will receive a $500 prize from Gale Cengage Learning and up to $1,000 for costs of attending the July 2018 AALL Annual Meeting in Baltimore, as well as the opportunity to present the winning essay at the AALL Annual Meeting.  Authors of the winning and runner-up essays will also be invited to publish their essays in LHRB’s online annual scholarly journal  Unbound:  A Review of Legal History and Rare Books.  The Competition electronic submission deadline is 11:59pm EDT, Monday, 16 April 2018.

Full Competition details and Application Form are available at the LHRB SIS Morris L. Cohen Student Essay Competition web page.  Questions can be sent to Fred Dingledy (fwding@wm.edu), Senior Reference Librarian & Adjunct Professor of Law, College of William & Mary Law School, or Tim Kearley (TKearley@uwyo.edu), Professor Emeritus of Law, University of Wyoming College of Law.

The Competition is named in honor of Morris L. Cohen, who was Professor Emeritus of Law at Yale Law School and recognized as “one of the towering figures of late 20th century law libraries.”  His scholarly work  focused on legal research, rare books, and historical bibliography.