Sunday, July 22, 2012

Deadline extended: Paul Murphy Prize in the History of Civil Liberties

Deadline extended: Paul Murphy Prize

It recently came to our attention that the Paul Murphy Prize deadline information was not fully accessible to all who wished to apply.  Because of this, for fairness reasons, the deadline has been extended for two weeks, until August 5, 2012.

The committee has received an ample number of submissions, and this announcement should not be taken as a reflection on the current pool.  Those who previously submitted a proposal do not need to do anything.  However, if you previously submitted and would like to revise your proposal, you may do so by the deadline.  The committee will not review proposals until the August 5 deadline.

If you have questions or concerns about this announcement, please contact me at my new email address.

The call for proposals is below. 

Mary L. Dudziak
Chair, Paul Murphy Prize Committee

The American Society for Legal History announces the Paul Murphy Prize to support the completion of a book on the history of civil liberties that addresses any topic or any time in American history. The award will be given out two times only, in 2012 and 2013. Recipients will receive $5000 to support their work. Nominees at all levels of seniority will be considered, however the award is not for the completion of a dissertation.

The award honors Paul L. Murphy (1923-1997), who spent much of his career at the University of Minnesota where he rose to the rank of Regent’s Professor of History and American Studies. At the time of his death, he was in the second year of his term as president of the ASLH. During his tenure at Minnesota he became one of the nation’s leading constitutional historians and a mentor to generations of undergraduate and graduate students. Among his most important books were: The Meaning of Freedom of Speech: First Amendment Freedoms from Wilson to FDR (1972); World War I and the Origin of Civil Liberties in the United States (1979); and Historic Background of the Bill of Rights, Vol. 1 (1990). In addition, civil liberties played a fundamental role in the argument he developed in what was likely his most influential book, The Constitution in Crisis Times 1918-1969 (The New American Nation Series, 1972). Murphy’s commitment to civil liberties and his passion for the subject was evident in his deeds as well as his words. He was an ardent and committed member of the American Civil Liberties Union throughout his life. For additional information on Murphy please see the tribute to him in the Law and History Review, 16 (Spring 1998), ix-xi.

To be considered for this award, authors or nominators should send a book proposal with chapter descriptions, a discussion of the book’s contributions, and a time-line for completion; a sample chapter; and a c.v. to committee chair Mary L. Dudziak (email here). Submissions via e-mail are preferred, and attachments can be in Word or PDF. Please put “Murphy Prize” in the subject line. If you must submit by hardcopy, please send four copies of these materials to arrive by the deadline to this address: Professor Mary L. Dudziak, Emory School of Law, 1301 Clifton Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30322. The deadline for receipt of proposals for this year’s award is August 5, 2012. 

Members of the Murphy Prize Committee are:
Mary L. Dudziak, Chair, Emory University
Robert Kaczorowski, Fordham University
Serena Mayeri, University of Pennsylvania
David M. Rabban, University of Texas

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