Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Call for Student Papers on US Supreme Court History

[We have the following Call for Student Papers.]

The Supreme Court Historical Society invites submissions for the Hughes-Gossett Award for the best student paper on some aspect of the Supreme Court’s history. Authors must have been enrolled as students at the time the paper was written. Past winners have been law school students or doctoral students in the departments of history, government, and political science. Papers may be of any length and may be submitted on an ongoing basis to Clare Cushman, Managing Editor, at

The winner will be awarded a $500 cash prize and the paper will be published in the Journal of Supreme Court History. The recipient will be awarded the prize at a ceremony in the Supreme Court Courtroom on the first Monday in June.

Past winners of the Hughes-Gossett Student Prize after the jump.
James B. Barnes, ”The Font of Federal Power: Wickard v. Filburn and the Aggregation Principle”

Evan C. Rothera, “The Tenacious ‘Twin Relic’: Republicans, Polygamy and the Late Corporation of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints v. United States”

Daniel J. Wisniewski, “Heating Up a Case Gone Cold: Revisiting the Charges of Bribery and Official Misconduct Made Against Supreme Court Justice Robert Cooper Grier in 1854-55”

Jesse Blair “The Silent Man: From Lochner to Hammer v. Dagenhart, A Reevaluation of Justice William R. Day”

Jessie Steffan “Doing Brandies Justice: The Development of the Liebman Dissent"

Daniel J. Wisniewski “Heating Up a Case Gone Cold: Revisiting the Charges of Bribery and Official Misconduct Made Against Supreme Court Justice Robert Cooper Grier in 1854-55”

Chris Hickman, “Courting the Right: Richard Nixon’s 1968 Campaign against the Warren Court”

Daniel Thomas, “The Passenger Cases Reconsidered in Transatlantic Commerce Clause History”

Connor Mullin, “Edward Bennett Williams for the Petitioner: Profile of a Supreme Court Advocate”

Galen Thorp, “William Wirt”

Constance L. Martin, “The Life and Career of Justice Robert H. Jackson”

Kurt Hohenstein, “Just What the Doctor Ordered: the Harrison Anti-Narcotic Act, the Supreme Court, and the Federal Regulation of Medical Practice, 1915-1919”

Jeffrey M. Anderson, “Conscience on the Court, 1931-1946: Religion as Duty and Choice”

Artemus Ward, “The Tenth Justice: The Retirement of William O. Douglas”

Patricia L. Franz, “Ohio v. The Bank: An Historical Examination of Osborn v. The Bank of the United States

Kevin M. Kruse, “Public Wrongs, Personal Rights: The Gaines Decision and the Beginning of the End of Segregation”

Joseph Mosnier, “The Demise of ‘An extraordinary Criminal Procedure’: Klopfer v. North Carolina and the Incorporation of the Sixth Amendment’s Speedy Trial Provision”

I. Scott Messinger, “Legitimating Liberalism: the New Deal Image-Makers and Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.”

Jeannie Rhee, “In Black and White: Chinese in the Mississippi Delta”

Helen J. Knowles, “May It Please the Court?: The Solicitor General’s Not So ‘Special’ Relationship--Archibald Cox and the 1963-1964 Reapportionment Cases”

Daniel W. Hamilton, “A New Right to Property: Civil War Confiscation in the Reconstruction Supreme Court”