Kathryn T. Preyer Scholars
Named after the late Kathryn T. Preyer, a distinguished historian of the law of early America known for her generosity to young legal historians, the program of Kathryn T. Preyer Scholars is designed to help legal historians at the beginning of their careers. At the annual meeting of the American Society for Legal History, two younger legal historians designated Kathryn T. Preyer Scholars present what would normally be their first papers to the Society. The generosity of Professor Preyer's friends and family has enabled the Society to offer a small honorarium to the Preyer Scholars and to reimburse, in some measure or entirely, their costs of attending the meeting.
The 2007 Preyer Scholars are Gautham Rao, a PhD student at the University of Chicago, for "The Federal Posse Comitatus Doctrine: Slavery, Compulsion, and Statecraft in Mid-Nineteenth Century America" (forthcoming, Law and History Review) and Laura Weinrib, a PhD student at Princeton and Harvard Law School graduate for "The Sex Side of Civil Liberties, United States v. Dennett and the Changing Face of Free Speech." The two 2006 Preyer Scholars were Sophia Lee for "Hotspots in a Cold War: The NAACP's Postwar Labor Constitutionalism, 1948-1964" and
Karen Tani for "Fleming v. Nestor: Anticommunism, The Welfare State and the Making of `New Property."' Both 2006 papers are being published together in a Law and History Review Forum.