Two book prizes for American Legal History have been announced. The John Phillip Reid Book Award of the American Society for Legal History and the Cromwell Book Prize of the William Nelson Cromwell Foundation are mutually exclusive. The Reid Award is for a book by a mid-career or senior scholar, and the Cromwell Book Prize is for a 'first book' by a junior scholar. For advice where the distinction is doubtful, please consult Gerald Leonard, chair of the ASLH Committee on the John Phillip Reid Book Award, and Daniel Ernst, Chair of the Cromwell Book Prize Advisory Subcommittee.
John Phillip Reid Book Award
Named for John Phillip Reid, the prolific legal historian and founding member of the American Society for Legal History, 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 by a mid-career or senior scholar, published in English in any of the fields defined broadly as Anglo-American legal history. The award is given on the recommendation of the American Society for Legal History's John Philip Reid Prize Committee.
For the 2010 prize, the Reid Award Committee will accept nominations from authors, presses, or anyone else, of any book that bears a copyright date in 2010. Nominations for the Reid Award should be submitted by 27 May 2011, by sending a curriculum vitae of the author and one copy of the book to each member of the committee:
Professor Gerald Leonard
Chair, ASLH Committee on the John Phillip Reid Book Award
Boston University School of Law
765 Commonwealth Ave.
Boston, MA 02215
Professor Susanna Blumenthal
University of Minnesota Law School
229 19th Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Professor Philip Girard
Schulich School of Law
Halifax, Nova Scotia
CANADA B3H 4H9
Department of Law
Queen Mary College, University of London
Mile End Road
Professor Reva Siegel
Yale Law School
PO Box 208215
New Haven, CT 06520
Cromwell Book Prize
The William Nelson Cromwell Foundation was established in 1930 to promote and encourage scholarship in legal history, particularly in the colonial and early national periods of the United States. The Foundation
has supported the publication of legal records as well as historical monographs. Among the prizes it annually awards is a $5000 book prize for excellence in scholarship in the field of American Legal History by
a junior scholar. The prize is designed to recognize and promote new work in the field by graduate students, law students, post-doctoral fellows and faculty not yet tenured. The work may be in any area of
American legal history, including constitutional and comparative studies, but scholarship in the colonial and early national periods will receive some preference. The prize is limited to 'first books', i.e., works by a junior scholar that constitute his or her first major undertaking.
The Cromwell Foundation awards the prize on the recommendation of the Cromwell Prize Advisory Committee of the American Society for Legal History. The Committee will consider books published in 2010. The Society will announce the award after the annual meeting of the Cromwell Foundation, which normally takes place early in November.
To nominate a book, please send copies of it and the curriculum vitae of its author to John D. Gordan III, Chair of the Cromwell Prize Advisory Committee, and to each member of the Cromwell Book Prize Advisory
Committee with a postmark no later than 31 May 2011.
John D. Gordan III
Chair, Cromwell Prize Advisory Committee
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
1133 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10128
Professor Daniel R. Ernst
Professor of Law
Chair, Cromwell Book Prize Advisory Subcommittee
Georgetown University Law Center
600 New Jersey Avenue N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20001-2075
Professor Christian McMillen
Department of History
PO Box 400180
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA 22904
Professor Tony Freyer
University of Alabama School of Law
101 Paul Bryant Drive, East
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0382
Professor Laura Kalman
Department of History
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-9410
Details from H-Net and ASLH Legal History Discussion List.