Wednesday, January 6, 2010

The Reid Book Prize

[Courtesy of H-Law, we have the following announcement for John Phillip Reid Book Award:]

Named for John Phillip Reid, the prolific legal historian and founding member of the Society, and made possible by the generous contributions of his friends and colleagues, the John Phillip Reid Book Award is an annual award for the best monograph that is not the author’s first book, published in English in any of the fields defined broadly as Anglo-American legal history. The award is given on the recommendation of the Society's John Philip Reid Award Committee.

Nomination Process for 2010:

For the 2010 award, the Committee will accept nominations from authors, presses, or anyone else, of any book that bears a copyright date in 2009. Nominations for the prize should include a curriculum vitae of the author and should be submitted by May 28, 2010 to:

Professor Gerald Leonard
Chair, ASLH Committee on the John Phillip Reid Book Award
Boston University School of Law
765 Commonwealth Ave.
Boston, MA 02215

Copies of each nominated book should be mailed to the chair (above) and to each member of the committee:

Professor Michael Les Benedict
Ohio State University
106 Dulles
230 West 17th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210

Professor Susanna Blumenthal
University of Minnesota Law School
229 19th Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Professor Philip Girard
Schulich School of Law
Dalhousie University
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Professor Reva Siegel
Yale Law School
P.O. Box 208215
New Haven, CT 06520


Andrew Lyall said...

What is the prize? i.e. what does it consist of? The ALHS site does not indicate it.

Dan Ernst said...

Mr. Lyall,

If you're asking about the dollar amount, it's likely to be very small. The value of most scholarly book prizes lies in the recognition of one's peers that they represent. In addition, book prizes are prestigious for university presses. They may even sell a few more copies and thereby add to an author's royalties, but, if so, de minimis lex non curat. The applause of the audience at the ASLH's annual luncheon-- the association with an eminent scholar (such as Professor Reid) are pretty much it.