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Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction Nominations Are Open

Posted Feb 9, 2011 3:04 PM CDT
By Molly McDonough

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Nominations are now open for the inaugural Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction.

The prize, announced in September and created in honor of the 50th anniversary of Harper Lee's acclaimed classic To Kill a Mockingbird, is sponsored by the University of Alabama School of Law and the ABA Journal.

The prize will be awarded for a published book-length work of fiction "that best exemplifies the role of lawyers in society and their power to effect change," according to a release about the award.

Those judging this year's prize include lawyer and novelist David Baldacci; former prosecutor and novelist Linda Fairstein; former ABA President Robert Grey; civil rights lawyer and author Morris Dees; and journalist and author Jeffrey Toobin.

Three finalists for the prize will be announced in June, when the public will be invited to vote for their favorite at ABAJournal.com. A winner will be announced in July.

The deadline for entries is April 8.

Click here for more details and to download a copy of the nomination form.

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