Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Morris L. Cohen Student Essay Contest

Morris L. Cohen Student Essay Contest The Legal History and Rare Books Section of the American Association of Law Libraries, in cooperation with Gale Cengage Learning, announces the first annual Morris L. Cohen Student Essay Competition.

The essay competition is named in honor of Morris L. Cohen, Professor Emeritus of Law at Yale Law School. Professor Cohen's scholarly work is in the fields of legal research, rare books, and historical bibliography. The purpose of the contest is to encourage scholarship in the areas of legal history, rare law books, and legal archives, and to expose students to the American Association of Law Libraries and law librarianship.

Currently enrolled students attending accredited graduate programs in library science, law, history, or related subjects are eligible to enter the competition. Students may be enrolled either full- or part-time. Membership in the American Association of Law Libraries is not required.

Papers may be on any topic related to legal history, rare law books, or legal archives. No paper, or portion of a paper, that has been published or accepted for publication before April 15, 2009 will be eligible for consideration. Papers and all supporting documentation must be submitted by April 15, 2009. The winner will be announced by May 15.

The winner will receive a $500.00 prize from Gale Cengage Learning. In addition, the winner will receive up to $1000 to be applied towards expenses associated with attendance at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Law Libraries. The 2009 Annual Meeting will be held July 25-28 in Washington, D.C. Attendance at the Annual Meeting is encouraged, but not required.

Detailed procedures and an application form are available at the website of the Legal History and Rare Books Section of the American Association of Law Libraries.

Questions may be directed to Katherine Hedin, University of Minnesota Law Library: k-hedi@umn.edu OR Jennie Meade, Jacob Burns Law Library, George Washington University: jmeade@law.gwu.edu

Hat tip: H-Law.

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