Deadline Approaching for Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction

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April 8, 2011 is the deadline for entries in the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction. The Prize will be given annually to a book-length work of fiction that best exemplifies the role of lawyers in society, and their power to effect change. Books that were first published in 2010 are eligible.

The deadline for authors and publishers to enter a novel to win the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction is April 8, 2011. The ABA Journal and The University of Alabama School of Law created the Prize to celebrate the 50th anniversary of To Kill a Mockingbird, and to honor former Alabama law student Harper Lee for the role model she created.

Atticus Finch has inspired generations of readers—to become lawyers, to take on unpopular causes, to behave honorably. As Atticus reminds us, “The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.”

The Prize will be given annually to a book-length work of fiction that best exemplifies the role of lawyers in society, and their power to effect change. Only works first published in 2010 qualify. Completed entry forms must be submitted by the publisher prior to April 8, 2011. There is no entry fee.

Members of the Harper Lee Prize Selection Committee, who are responsible for choosing this year's winner, are:

  •     David Baldacci
  •     Morris Dees
  •     Linda Fairstein
  •     Robert J. Grey, Jr
  •     Jeffrey Toobin

Visit http://www.HarperLeePrize.org for more information or to download an entry form.

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