Friday, April 6, 2007

Palmer Civil Liberties Prize for Scholarship on Civil Liberties and National Security


Eligible books and articles will focus on the tension between civil liberties and national security

The Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize, newly established at Chicago-Kent College of Law by alumnus Roy C. Palmer and his wife, Susan M. Palmer, will honor a work of scholarship exploring the tension between civil liberties and national security in contemporary American society.

The $10,000 prize is designed to encourage and reward public debate among scholars on current issues affecting the rights of individuals and the responsibilities of governments throughout the world.
Submissions to the competition must be in draft form or have been published within six months after February 1, 2007. As a condition of accepting the award, the winner will present his or her work at Chicago-Kent. The deadline for submissions is August 1, 2007. Please submit entries to Ms. Tasha Kincade, assistant to Dean Harold J. Krent, at For details, click here (pdf).
Roy Palmer, a laywer and real estate developer, is a 1962 honors graduate of Chicago-Kent and a member of its board of overseers. He and his wife Susan, active in numerous civic, social and philanthropic organizations, are the recipients of the 1997 Outstanding Individual Philanthropist Award of the National Society of Fundraising Executives. In 2006, the Palmers pledged a $1 million gift to the law school earmarked to support the expansion of Chicago-Kent’s campus, located in a rapidly developing area of downtown Chicago. The Palmers reside in Sarasota, Florida.
Chicago-Kent College of Law is the law school of Illinois Institute of Technology, a private, Ph.D.-granting institution with programs in engineering, psychology, architecture, business, design and law. With more than 1,100 students, Chicago-Kent offers full-time and part-time J.D. and LL.M. degree programs as well as joint-degree programs with other IIT units, including Stuart School of Business.