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 Society two early career legal historians designated Kathryn T. Preyer Scholars will 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 competition for Preyer Scholars is organized by the Society’s Kathryn T. Preyer Memorial Committee.
As has become the custom, the Preyer Memorial Committee chose two winners:
- Danielle N. Boaz (University of North Carolina-Charlotte), for her paper “Fraud, Vagrancy, and the 'Pretended' Exercise of Supernatural Powers.”
- Maeve Glass (Ph.D. Candidate, Princeton University; Golieb Fellow, New York University), for her paper "Citizens of the State: A Constitutional Controversy on the Atlantic Coast”
The members of this year's Kathryn T. Preyer Memorial Committee were Serena Mayeri (chair), Sam Erman (University of Southern California), Melissa Hayes (independent scholar), Michael Hoeflich (University of Kansas), and H. Timothy Lovelace (Indiana University).